Charles I’s lost paintings

The dramatic events surrounding the acquisition and loss of the art collections of Charles I and his courtiers are traced in a new book by art historian Francis Haskell.

A picture from the art collection of Charles I.

The dramatic events surrounding the acquisition and loss of the art collections of Charles I and his courtiers are explored in a new book by art historian Francis Haskell.

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In The King’s Pictures, Haskell traces the fate of collections extracted from Italy, Spain and France by Charles and his circle which, after a brief stay in Britain, were largely dispersed following the civil war to princely galleries across the continent.

One of the most influential art historians of the 20th century, Haskell explores the factors that forever changed the artistic map of Europe.

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To find out more about The King’s Pictures, published by Yale University Press, click here.

A picture from the art collection of Charles I.
Petworth House, National Trust © National Trust Images/Derrick E. Witty
A picture from the art collection of Charles I.
Kroměříž, The Archbishop’s Gallery
A picture from the art collection of Charles I.
(Madrid, Museo del Prado)
A picture from the art collection of Charles I.
Royal Collection Trust © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2013
A picture from the art collection of Charles I.
National Gallery (on loan from a private collection)
A picture from the art collection of Charles I.
Munich, Alte Pinakothek
A picture from the art collection of Charles I.
The Gallery of Archduke Leopold Wilhelm, Brussels, Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts, Musée d’Art Ancien.
A picture from the art collection of Charles I.
Royal Collection Trust © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2013
A picture from the art collection of Charles I.
Royal Collection Trust © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2013