Charles II and Pepys and the Royal Charles

This etching, signed and dated '1911' by the artist, shows Charles II and Pepys in the aft of a boat, with the stern of the 'Royal Charles' behind. Charles, on the left, and Pepys on the right, are both shown from the front, both hatted. Charles has his right hand on a cane. The scene depicted is the final stage of the voyage of Charles II back to England. Pepys accompanied Lord Sandwich in the 'Naseby' to Holland to convey the King back to England to restore the Monarchy. The 'Naseby', an 80-gun ship launched in 1655 , with its Civil War connotations, was renamed the 'Royal Charles' in 1660 in honour of the new king. Interestingly, the ship depicted is in fact a smaller two-decker, shown with a square-tuck stern, although the model of the 'Naseby' (SLR0001) made by Robert Spence in 1943 has a round-tuck stern.

Object Details

ID: PAG9451
Type: Print
Display location: Not on display
Creator: Spence, Robert
Vessels: Royal Charles (1655)
Date made: 1911
People: King Charles II; Pepys, Samuel
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Measurements: Sheet: 304 x 315 mm; Mount: 630 x 401 mm

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