Charles I: King and Collector

Last December, I told you about a proposed exhibition to be held at the Royal Academy, which would reunite the ‘lost’ art collection of Charles I, sold-off and dispersed by Cromwell after the execution of the King. This week I am delighted that the RA has confirmed the dates for the exhibition, and that tickets are now available! The show runs from 27th January to 15th April 2018.


If ever there was a must-see exhibition, this is it. To summarise my original post, Charles I was an exceptional connoisseur of art, buying up the best works from across Europe, often from bankruptcy sales from fallen or defeated noble families. Following Charles’s defeat and execution in the Civil War, the Parliamentarians arranged a massive sale of royal goods to pay off his (alleged) debts. The great art collection was dismantled and sold at auctions, with much of it now residing in the best galleries in Europe, such as the Louvre and the Prado.

Now, a large part of this collection is to be reunited on the walls of the Royal Academy at Burlington House.  It offers a rare opportunity to appreciate the connoisseur King’s eye for art, and to see many of the world’s greatest works hanging together for the first time in over 350 years. It will probably never happen again, so get your tickets soon!

Royal Academy – book tickets

Blog entry Dec. 2016: Charles I art on display in 2018

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  1. Damme, don’t I wish I could be there!

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  2. I’ll be there with the proverbial bells on! Got first day tickets! 😀



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