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Title: Charles II
Date: 1685
Artist: Godfrey Kneller
Date of birth:
Nationality: German-born British
Date of death:
Materials: Oil; Canvas
Information: Kneller came to England from Germany in 1676 and soon gained royal favour.

In this work, the king's authority is subtly undermined: his face is stiff, his hand limp and the crown and orb are hidden in shadow. Kneller presents an aging and even lonely figure.

This is the last of his portraits of Charles II. It was probably begun just before the king's death and finished afterwards.
Accession no: WAG 3023
Credit line: Purchased by the Walker Art Gallery in 1952
Location: Item not currently on display