Edward Matthew Ward

The Disgrace of Lord Clarendon, after his Last Interview with the King - Scene at Whitehall Palace, in 1667 (replica)

1846

Medium
Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions
Support: 533 x 737 mm
frame: 820 x 1015 x 125 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by Robert Vernon 1847
Reference
N00431

Display caption

Edward Hyde, 1st Earl of Clarendon (1609-1674) was Lord High Chancellor to Charles II, who was one of England's most colourful and profligate kings. Clarendon was dismissed both as a result of Charles's general neglect of national affairs and because of a court conspiracy against him. The break between the two men took place on 30 August 1667. In this picture, Clarendon is seen leaving the King's palace at Whitehall. The back of Charles can be seen in the distance. Members of the court look on, rejoicing in Clarendon's fall.

Gallery label, August 2004