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Art From Us MUSEUM GUIDE : National Portrait Gallery, London : Room 7

Today we arrive National Portrait Gallery London – Charles IIRestoration of the Monarchy, for our Museum Guide excursion, led by Divvya Nirula.

In this room we explore restoration of the monarchy. Presented here are our top three works to see here. Next time you visit the museum, do not miss these.

1. Catherine of Braganza, circa 1670, by Studio of Jacob Huysmans
2. King Charles II, circa 1680, by attributed to Thomas Hawker
3. Louise de Kéroualle, Duchess of Portsmouth, 1682, by Pierre Mignard

Image credit for artworks : National Portrait Gallery, London

Some fun facts about the Museum : Restoration of the Monarchy

  • The Interregnum refers to the period in England between 1649 and 1660. At the time, Charles I had already been executed at Whitehall Palace, due to his stance against the Parliament. The political unrest ended when Charles II who had fled after battle, was restored.
  • In 1658, Oliver Cromwell died. He had hitherto led the New Army. His son Richard was ineffective as his replacement. And therefore, the Monarchy needed to be restored. IN 1660, the Convention Parliament voted to bring back Charles II.
  • During his reign, Charles tried to maintain stability within the kingdom. He had a trusty group of ministers who helped and advised him on how to do so. He also declared war against the Dutch.

A Final Thought

What makes a trip to the National Portrait Gallery in London so interesting and fun? We love that the Gallery showcases the history of the British Monarchy through portraiture.


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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