Wenceslaus Hollar

Charles I Crowned by Justice

Charles I Crowned by Justice by Wenceslaus Hollar

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The king is shown being crowned with a victor’s wreath by the blindfolded figure of Justice. This image would have been controversial among many of the king’s subjects at a time when he chose to rule without Parliament.

While the king holds the scales of Justice, arbitrary punishments in the Star Chamber (his personal law court) and attempts to arrest members of the House of Commons provoked fierce opposition that ultimately resulted in civil war and the king’s own execution at the Banqueting House at Whitehall.

Title
Charles I Crowned by Justice
Artist/creator
Production date
1639
Medium
etching
Dimensions
263 x 193 mm
Inscription
Il Na jamais Porte Qvn Sceptre De Justice/ Et Pour LES Criminels. et Pour LES INNOCENS, / CAR Aimant La vertu Autant quil Hait Le Vice/. Recompense Les Bons Et Punit Les Meschang. (lower margin l. to r.). Verso; (pencil) Single. Fleur-de-lis with 'P'[?] and 'D' at its base, either side of a heart facing in same direction as the fleur-de-lis.. Inscribed verso lower centre, pencil, 'Suijle' [possibly an owner's mark, but not identified in Lugt].. Inscribed verso lower centre, pencil, 'Suijle' [possibly an owner's mark, but not identified in Lugt]..
Credit line
Mackelvie Trust Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, bequest of Dr Walter Auburn, 1982
Accession no
M1982/1/3/30
Other ID
460 Pennington Catalogue Raisonné
Copyright
No known copyright restrictions
Department
International Art
Display status
Not on display

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