"Carolus II. D.G. Mag: Brit: Fran: & Hiber: Rex &ct.", White, R.
Subject: Frontispiece, Portrait
Period: 1680 (published)
Publication: The English Atlas
Color: Hand Color
10.7 x 17.7 inches
27.2 x 45 cm
This full-length portrait of Charles II of England (1630-1685) shows the king in all of his regal glory, with the arms of the Order of the Garter in the background. Charles II came to power after his father, King Charles I, was executed. He was succeeded by his brother James. Used as the frontispiece for Moses Pitt's ill-fated atlas, it was engraved by Robert White, a talented engraver of line portraits born in London in 1645.
References: Shirley (BL Atlases) T. PITT-1a.
Old color with gilt highlights and gilt along the edge of the sheet at top and bottom. There is pleasant light toning.