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King Charles II (1630-85) Reigned 1660-85

Benedetto Gennari the Younger

King Charles II (1630-85) Reigned 1660-85


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ArtistBenedetto Gennari the Younger (1633-1715)
TitleKing Charles II (1630-85) Reigned 1660-85
Date1678
MediumOil on canvas
ProvenancePossibly commissioned for the Duke of Modena, father-in-law of James, Duke of York (later King James II); collection of Lt. Col. J. Despencer-Robertson; by descent to his sister; by whom presented to Air Commodore Donkin; from whom purchased by the Department of the Environment in September 1980
Dimensionsheight: 126.00 cm, width: 101.50 cm
InscriptionNone
AcquisitionPurchased from Air Commodore Peter L Donkin, September 1980
LocationPortugal, Lisbon, British Embassy
GAC number15102
 

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Benedetto Gennari the Younger

Benedetto Gennari, Bolognese painter of history and portraits, was a pupil of the artist Guercino. In 1674 he arrived in London, where he was commissioned to paint altarpieces for the Queen in her Roman Catholic chapels at Whitehall and in St James’s Palace. In 1688 Gennari followed James II to St Germain near Paris after the latter’s deposition from the English throne, and continued in royal service until 1692 when he returned to Bologna.