This is a variation of the iconic three-quarter-length portrait of King Charles I, datable to 'circa' 1632–33, by Sir Anthony van Dyck – Principal Painter to the English Monarch. The prototype for this likeness is the painting owned by The Duke of Norfolk at Arundel Castle, Sussex.1 In it the King wears armour and the Garter badge on a gold chain, holding a baton in his right hand, with his left arm resting on a helmet next to a crown.
It was an extremely popular image and there are many good, contemporary copies. The head was reproduced in an etching by Hollar in 1639, and there is also an enamel miniature copy in the Royal Collection. The artist who painted this work may have used a print as the model for Charles' head, but they have used their own license in furnishing his head with the crown itself.
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