Charles II, as a young boy, Studio of John Hoskins, circa 1640.

The prince is depicted with long brown hair, wearing a gold-embroidered pale green doublet, a wide lace-edged collar and the sash of the Order of the Garter, against a background of sky, with a tree to dexter. The 8.3cm oval miniature is set within a rectangular dark-stained fruitwood veneer frame. It came to Burghley as part of an enormous bequest from the Countess of Devonshire to her daughter Anne, Countess of Exeter; the 1690 Deed of Gift recording: ‘A picture of King Charles the second when a Child by Hoskins’.


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