King Charles I: Britannia mourns as he is executed and is raised into heaven by angels and cherubim. Engraving by B. Baron after J. Vanderbank.

  • Vanderbank, John, 1694-1739.
Part of:
Ten curious prints of the most remarkable transactions of the reign of King Charles 1st
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About this work


On the right a crowd stands before the Banqueting House as the excutioner raises is axe. Next to the Banqueting House is a mountainous landscape (representing Scotland? Vanderbank was a Londoner familiar with Westminster)


[London] : [Tho. Bowles], [1728]

Physical description

1 print : etching and engraving ; platemark 40.8 x 46.3 cm


The apotheosis or death of the King. On the 29 of January a warrant sign'd by 59 commissioners was sent to the officers ... Thus fell K. Charles the 1st in the 49 year of his age, after an unhappy & comfortless reign of 23 years, 10 months, & 3 days. L'apotheose du Roy. On envoya le 29 janvier un povoir ... Ainsi mourut le Roy Charles premier l'an 49 de son age après un regne malheureux et traverse de 23 ans, 10 mois et 3 jours. M.r Vanderbank pinx ; B. Baron sculp.

References note

Timothy Clayton, The English print, 1688-1802, New Haven: Yale University Press, 1997, pp. 56-57 (on the series)
François Marandet, 'A modello by Louis Laguerre and the programme of the Painted Hall at Chatsworth', The Burlington magazine, 2022, 164: 760-767 (p. 767 "By c.1724, when John Vanderbank (1694-1739) contributed the Apotheosis of Charles I to a sequence of ten paintings of the life of the king by various artists … a recourse to metaphor would no longer be necessary, and Charles, by then a less controversial figure than he had been in the late seventeenth century, could be portrayed in his own right. … The painting is lost but is known through an engraving by Bernard Baron published in 1728.")


Wellcome Collection 2897021i

Creator/production credits

Vanderbank "contributed The apotheosis, or, death of the King (1727; Christies, 15 November 1996) to the series of ten paintings by various artists (including Chéron and Pieter Angelis) engraved in 1728, advertised by John Bowles as Ten prints of the reign of King Charles the First"-- Oxford dictionary of national biography


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