Portrait of King Charles II by the Dutch painter, Sir Peter Lely, circa 1675

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John Latter on May 15, 2007

The inscription on the plinth at the beginning of the King Charles II Walk on Dover's seafront reads:

This walk was opened on the 25th May, 1960 by The Rt. Hon. The Lord Cornwallis KBE, MC., JP Her Majesty's Lieutenant for the County of Kent to commemorate the tercentenary of the landing at Dover on the 25th May, 1660 of His Majesty King Charles II on the occasion of the Restoration of the Monarchy.

The text accompanying the photo of the King Charles II Walk states that among those who arrived with Charles were Samuel Pepys, General Monck, and Edward Lord Montagu (alt. Montague and 1st Earl of Sandwich), all of whom were painted by Sir Peter Lely (1).

The above painting of King Charles II, for instance, was produced ('executed' might not be the right word) by Lely in about 1675, some 15 years after Charles' landing at Dover.

(1) "Sir Peter Lely (14 September 1618 - 30 November 1680) was a painter of Dutch origin. He was the most popular portrait artist in England from soon after he arrived in the country in the 1640s to his death. He also owned a major collection of art, especially drawings by other artists.

...He arrrived in London in around 1641. His early English paintings, mainly mythological or religious scenes, or portraits set in a pastoral landscape, show influences from Anthony Van Dyck and the Dutch baroque. Lely's portraits were well received, and he succeeded Van Dyck as the most fashionable portrait artist in England. He became a freeman of the Painter-Stainers' Company in 1647 and was portrait artist to Charles I, but his talent ensured that his career was uninterrupted by Charles's execution, and he served Oliver Cromwell, who he painted "warts and all," and Richard Cromwell. In the years around 1650 the poet Sir Richard Lovelace wrote two poems about Lely - Peinture and "See what a clouded majesty...."

After the English Restoration in 1660, Lely was appointed as Charles II's Principal Painter in Ordinary in 1661, with a stipend of £200 per year, as Van Dyck had enjoyed in the previous Stuart reign. Lely became a naturalised British subject in 1662."

John Latter on February 19, 2013

Also see:

King Charles II Memorial Obelisk, Dover Seafront, Kent, England, United Kingdom

John Latter / Jorolat

Dover Blog: The Psychology of a Small Town

This is the Images of Dover website: click on any red or blue "John Latter" link to access the Entry Page.

John Latter on March 13, 2013

A larger version of the portait of King Charles II by Sir Peter Lely is on the Pinterest Old Dover board at:

Dover People - Portrait of King Charles II by Sir Peter Lely, circa 1675

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