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Charles II: Art & Power

A lavish publication to accompany the Royal Collection exhibition

Rufus Bird and Martin Clayton

464 pages

An excellent catalogue to a remarkable exhibition

Hatchards bookshop


Cover of Charles II: Art & Power cover©

Hardback, 270 × 235 mm, Over 400 colour illustrations
ISBN 978 1 909741 44 7

Examining the reigns of Charles II (1660–85) and James II (1685–8), this sumptuously illustrated book focuses on the art and culture of the Restoration court. From the development of an ‘English baroque’ to the use of court ritual and decorative art objects, the authors explore the themes of power and passion during the reigns of these monarchs.

This beautiful publication not only showcases the replacement Crown Jewels, made for the coronation of Charles II in 1661, but also includes his collection of Italian Old Master paintings, drawings by Leonardo da Vinci and the spectacular furnishings of the palaces of Whitehall and St James’s.

Rufus Bird is Deputy Surveyor of The Queen’s Works of Art, Royal Collection Trust. 

Martin Clayton is Head of Prints and Drawings, Royal Collection Trust. His other titles include Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing and Castiglione: Lost Genius

Charles II: Art & Power
The art of the Restoration

The income from your ticket contributes directly to The Royal Collection Trust, a registered charity. The aims of The Royal Collection Trust are the care and conservation of the Royal Collection, and the promotion of access and enjoyment through exhibitions, publications, loans and educational activities.