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Peter Vandrebanc (1649–1697) after Grinling Gibbons (1648–1721); published by David Mortier (1673–1728)

A statue of Charles II in Roman dress c.1684-97

Engraving | 72.4 x 51.0 cm | RCIN 602665

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Grinling Gibbons's Portland stone sculpture of Charles II in Roman dress was unveiled at the Royal Exchange in 1684 to great acclaim. The London Gazette reported that Charles II was ‘well satisfied’ with the result and forbade anyone from making an engraving, etching or mezzotint of it without Gibbons's permission. Vandrebanc may have been selected to produce the official engraving of the king's statue due to the quality of his earlier portrait engravings of Charles II. Cat. 164