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The Lost Collection

A project to re-assemble the works from Charles I lost art collection

Recreation of the First Privy Lodging Room at Whitehall Palace ©

During his reign, Charles I set about assembling an art collection to surpass all others. Following his execution in 1649, this world-class collection was sold off by the Commonwealth government and scattered across Europe.

This website records the lost collection. In the online database, we trace over a third of the pictures to 60 public collections and just as many private collections. Through the 3D reconstruction, visitors can experience something of this magnificent collection, as it might have looked on those walls, for the first time in nearly 400 years.

Visit the project website

Explore the recreated rooms

Follow the links to explore the individual rooms in the project website

First Privy Lodging Room

Explore the works in the first recreated room

Second Privy Lodging Room

Explore the second recreation

Third Privy Lodging Room

Explore the third recreated room

Selected works that have returned to the Royal Collection

British School, 16th century

The Field of the Cloth of Gold

Dosso Dossi (c. 1490-1542)

The Holy Family

Polidoro da Caravaggio (c. 1495-1543)

Psyche Abandoned

Domenico Fetti (Rome c. 1588-Venice 1623)

A Bishop Saint writing