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Edward Bower (d. 1667)

Charles I at his Trial 1648 [1649]

Oil on canvas | 131.1 x 99.2 cm | RCIN 405913

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Charles I is shown at his trial in the Palace of Westminster in January 1649. Accused of being a ‘tyrant, traitor, murderer’, the king refused to co-operate, or acknowledge the legitimacy of the court. He was found guilty and executed on 30 January. Edward Bower depicts the king sympathetically and conveys his sense of dignity. Cat. 1