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Charles II: Art & Power

A lavish publication to accompany the Royal Collection exhibition

Rufus Bird and Martin Clayton

 464 pages

Book cover showing portrait of Charles II

Cover of Charles II: Art & Power ©

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.

270 × 235 mm, 464 pages
Over 400 colour illustrations

ISBN 978 1 909741 44 7

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.

Related exhibition
Charles II: Art & Power

The art of the Restoration