The Stuart Portraits

The Children of Charles

17th-Century paintings in oil on canvas.

The great court painter Cornelius Johnson (Cornelis Janssens van Ceulen, 1593-1661) is hypothesized to be the painter of these extraordinary portraits of the children of King Charles I. The paintings consist of The Three Eldest Children of Charles I and separate individual portraits of Princess Elizabeth and Princess Henrietta Anne, daughters of Charles I. These paintings are in the collection at Raynham Hall, seat of the Townshend family. The Townshend family were instrumental in the restoration of Charles II to the throne, and thus these paintings are likely to have been a gift from the restored monarch when he visited Raynham Hall in 1671.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The paintings have only recently been discovered, and the extensive conservation and restoration undertaking is being conducted in the Norfolk studio of Kiffy Stainer-Hutchins, DipCons (Hons), ACR, who is the chief conservator.  Restoration will include removal of old varnish, removal of over-paint from previous restorations, reconstruction of damaged areas, repairs to the canvas, and stabilization of the paint layers to prevent further paint loss.

In 2016-2017, American Friends of British Art made grants totaling $6,450 toward the cleaning and conservation of these paintings.

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