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    Sale 7714

    Old Master & British Pictures

    24 April 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 33

    John Riley (London 1646-1691)

    Portrait of King Charles II (1630-1685), three-quarter-length, in armour with a red mantle, holding a commander's baton, a helmet on the table beside him

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    John Riley (London 1646-1691)
    Portrait of King Charles II (1630-1685), three-quarter-length, in armour with a red mantle, holding a commander's baton, a helmet on the table beside him
    oil on canvas
    49½ x 39¾ in. (125.7 x 100.9 cm.)


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    The King sat to Riley in circa 1682, for a head and shoulders portrait, the original of which may either be at Holker Hall, Cumbria, or Melbourne Hall, Derbyshire. Riley later evolved a three-quarter-length portrait in armour, of which this is a fine example, along with a painting in the Bodleian New Building, Oxford. The quality of the execution of the face and the presence of pentimenti, together with the more elaborate armour, may indicate that the present portrait is the original of that extended format.

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    Provenance

    Charles Penruddocke, Compton Park, near Salisbury.


    Exhibited

    Newcastle-upon-Tyne, The Academy of Arts (lent by Charles Penruddocke).