Horace Walpole's Strawberry Hill Collection
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Portrait of King Charles I
Portrait Enamel of Charles I

Strawberry Hill ID: sh-000341
c. 1638
Petitot, Jean I (Swiss miniaturist and enameler, 1607-1691)

Enamel on copper, set in chased gilt-metal frame
4 x 3.5 cm, Framed: 5.9 x 4.3 cm
Inscriptions: Inscribed on the back of the frame by Horace Walpole: ‘Charles I by Petitot. H.W’ and with his cross-crosslet mark’.
Nationalmuseum, Stockholm. NMB 989. Bequest 1927 of consul Hjalmar Wicander (The Wicander Collection)

Strawberry Hill History

Location: Tribune [Cabinet]

1774 Description: Within the cabinet of enamels and miniatures:…Charles 1st. by Petitot: fine. (80)

1784 Description: Within the cabinet of enamels and miniatures:…same as D1774 and: A present from T. Walker esq; to Maria lady Walpole. (57)

Sale Text: A splendid enamel Portrait of King Charles I., by Petitot, a rare and beautiful specimen of this unrivalled artist, in a richly chased frame. A present from T. Walker, Esq. to Lady Maria Walpole.

Object History

Provenance: Petitot family; given by T.Walker to Maria Walpole; Horace Walpole; 1842, Strawberry Hill Sale, day 14, lot 39 bt Miss Burdett Coutts, £65.2.0; 1922, May 11,Christie's, Miss Burdett-Coutts Sale, lot 415, bt Consul Hjalmar Wicander; 1927, Wicander Collection Bequest to Nationalmuseum, Stockholm.

Exhibition History: J. C. Robinson, ed., Catalogue of the Special Exhibition of Works of Art of the Mediaeval, Renaissance, and More Recent periods, June 1862 (London: Printed by G.E. Eyre and W. Spottiswoode for H.M. Stationery office, 1863), Exhibition catalogue. South Kensington Museum (June 1862).
The New Gallery, London, Exhibition of the Royal House of Stuart (London: The New Gallery, 1889).Exhibition catalogue.
"Horace Walpole's Strawberry Hill," Yale Center for British Art, 15 October 2009 - 3 January 2010; Victoria and Albert Museum, 5 March 2010 - 4 July 2010, cat. no. 181.

Bibliography: J.J. Foster, British Miniature Painters and Their Works (London: S. Low, Marston & co, 1898.), pl. 25.
Karl Asplund, Hjalmar Wicanders Miniatursamling: Beskrivande Katalog vol. 2 (Stockholm: Cederquist grafiska aktiebolog, 1920-1929), 47, no.121, pl. 45.