Charles I Insulted by Cromwell's Soldiers - Paul Delaroche

Charles I Insulted by Cromwell’s Soldiers: Paul Delaroche

Charles I Insulted by Cromwell’s Soldiers is an 1836 painting by French Romantic artist Paul Delaroche. This work is located in a Private Collection.

Charles I was captured by Parliamentarian forces after the Second English Civil War, and he faced a trial on charges of high treason. The trial, which began in December 1648, was conducted by a specially created court, and Charles vigorously defended his belief in the divine right of kings. The court ultimately found him guilty, and he was executed on January 30, 1649.

There is no widely documented historical evidence of Charles I of England being taunted by victorious soldiers of Oliver Cromwell after the Second English Civil War. The period leading up to Charles I’s trial and execution in 1649 was marked by a serious and somber atmosphere.

This picture was part of the Bridgewater collection when it was significantly damaged during a bombing raid in London during The Blitz in 1941. The painting was moved for safekeeping and largely forgotten, until research for an upcoming Paul Delaroche exhibition in London led to its re-discovery in 2010.

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