Did you know that on this day in 1649, at the end of the Second English Civil War, Charles I was first put on trial for treason, which ended with his beheading on January 30th of the same year? Yikes! From his marriage to a Catholic French Princess, Henrietta Marie, then his on and off disillusionment of parliament when his protestant countrymen were unsettled with his ways and rules of governing; at one point ruling entirely without parliament in 1629, Charles I was disliked by many. The lengthy battle for supremacy between Parliamentarians and the Royalists ultimately led to the English Civil War. After the second civil war Charles the 1st was put on trial, found guilty of high treason and sentenced to death by beheading. His son Charles II then ascended to the throne and continued this battle through the Third English Civil War.
Lower Left: J. Chapman. Lower Center: London, Published as the Act directs May 1, 1804, by J. Wilkes. Lower Right: sculpsit.
Publisher: J. Wilkes
Place of Publication: London
Date: May 1st, 1804
Artist: John Chapman (1792-1823)
Paper Dimensions: 11 1/8 x 7 7/8 inches.
Platemark Dimensions: 6 3/8 x 4 1/4 inches.
Medium: Stipple Engraving
Coloured: Black and White
Condition: The print is in great condition with some minor wear around the edges, including a small tear into the top of the page, beyond the platemark area, as can be seen.
Keywords: Portraits, Portraiture, Portrait, King, Kings, Charles I, King Charles I, Charles the first, Royal, Royalty, Profile, beard, floral crown, Cape, Furs, Armour, Tomb, Coffin, England, English, Trial, Treason, English Civil War, Beheaded, Beheading,
Identification Number: B1-390