The Escape from Bridport, Dorset, of Charles II after the Battle of Worcester, September 1651

Image credit: Bridport Town Council

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Charles was disguised as a servant when he travelled through Bridport in 1651. He stayed briefly at the 'George Inn' in East Street for a meal. In this painting the Parliamentarian troops and their captain are shown in the foreground, while the figures right at the back of the picture exiting on horseback are Charles and his companions. The professed subject is therefore almost invisible right at the back, while his pursuers stand centre stage. If you look closely at the picture you can see the panic round the archway as the fugitives make their escape.

It is very likely that the central figure is a self portrait by Newbery. The church to the right of the picture is supposed to be St Andrew’s Chapel, although it is not known what it actually looked like.

Bridport Town Hall



The Escape from Bridport, Dorset, of Charles II after the Battle of Worcester, September 1651




oil on panel


H 91 x W 107.5 cm

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presented by the artist, 1924–1925

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Bridport Town Hall

East Street, Bridport, Dorset DT6 3HA England

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