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Art From Us MUSEUM GUIDE : National Portrait Gallery, London : Room 5

Today we arrive National Portrait Gallery London – Charles I and Civil War, for our Museum Guide excursion, led by Divvya Nirula.

In this room we explore the rise of conflict during the reign of Charles I. Presented here are our top three works to see here. Next time you visit the museum, do not miss these.

1. Charles I, 1631, by Daniel Mytens
2. Frances, Countess of Somerset, Circa 1615, by Studio of William Larkin
3. The Capel Family, Circa 1640, by Cornelius Johnson

Image credit for artworks : National Portrait Gallery, London

Some fun facts about the Museum : Charles I & Civil War

  • In the previous room, we saw the English throne being transferred to the Stuarts, upon the death of Elizabeth I.
  • On 22 August 1642, Charles I started an official war with the parliament. At the beginning of that year, he had left his Whitehall palace. Owing to several major disagreements with the Parliament. Finally, in 1649, he was executed at Whitehall.
  • A few years later, in 1651, Charles II left the kingdom after being defeated in the Battle of Worcester.
  • Even after this, there was much hostility. The New Model Army, under the leadership of Oliver Cromwell was unsuccessful in garnering parliamentarian support. Neither was it able to unite the various religious groups that England was divided into.

A Final Thought

Philip Stanhope, 5th Earl Stanhope (1805-1875); Thomas Babington Macaulay (1800-1859) and Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881). These were the 3 men who were primarily responsible for setting up the National Portrait gallery. Even today, their busts are proudly displayed at the entrance of the gallery in London.


Visit Art From Us Archive for Museum Guide collated by Divvya Nirula. Here you shall find more suggestions on where you should visit next. And also what you should see there.

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