DESCRIPTION: This piece was literally found in the loft, cleaned and restored! Depicted is King Charles I in contemplative mood.
The impish figure peeping round the corner was a popular Buss device to add comedy to the scene.
The painting, signed and dated 1874 must have been one of the last oils Buss ever painted.
There is reason to believe it may once have belonged to the 8th Earl of Essex and was disposed of in 1927 when Cassiobury House, Watford, Essex was demolished.
The image here has been digitally recovered from a low resolution snapshot, looking up at the picture on the wall.
PROVENANCE: Private Collector