NPG Number
1961
Mkey
1226
Sitter/Title
King Charles I; Sir Edward Walker
Qualifier
by
Artist(s)
Unknownartist
Date made
circa 1650
Medium
oil on canvas
Credit line
© National Portrait Gallery, London
king charles i sir edward walker

1226

1961

King Charles I; Sir Edward Walker

by

Unknown artist

circa 1650

oil on canvas

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Charles I was a brave soldier and by the standards of the Civil War, a competent general. Walker, 'a very importunate, ambitious and foolish man, that studies nothing but his own ends', wearing his badge as Garter King-of-Arms, is shown as the King's Secretary-at-War, a post he also held under {Charles II|mp841} in exile. The scene is probably intended to represent one of the West Country campaigns of 1644-5, with what is perhaps a skirmish in front of Winchester in the background.