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Hendrick Pot (Haarlem c.1585-Amsterdam 1657)

Charles I, Henrietta Maria and Charles, Prince of Wales (later Charles II) c. 1632

RCIN 405541

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Hendrick Pot was a Dutch artist working in London for Charles I in 1632. This is a royal family portrait with a twist of symbolism: the baby Prince of Wales has thrown down some laurel leaves, which symbolise the glory of kingship, while he holds up an olive branch, which symbolises the greatest virtue which a king can bestow, namely Peace.