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'King Charles II', Godfrey Kneller, 1685

A richly dressed man with long, dark, curly hair sits on an ornate chair. The background is dark and faded.

Oil on canvas, 224.5 x 143cm

Accession Number WAG3023

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.