The very small painting on an oval piece of copper without frame, shows a half length portrait of the King dressed in a cuirass and an ermine trimmed purple cloak, white scarf and a brooch with a big bluish black stone. On his head a brown short cut full-bottomed wig. The background is granular in bluish green. The painting is not signed, but very typical of Erik Utterhielm.


  • Title: Miniature portrait of Karl XI, King of Sweden
  • Creator: Erik Utterhielm
  • Date Created: c. 1690
  • Provenance: Deposit from the Swedish Museum of National Antiquities in 1956.
  • Physical Dimensions: W 22 mm, H 26 mm
  • Painter: Erik Utterhielm
  • Artist Info: The artist belonged to the group of artists that the Dowager Queen Hedvig Eleonora favoured. She commissioned a considerable amount of portraits of her son Karl XI and other relatives from him and she also recommended him as teacher. She even appointed him as a courtier. His style is recognized as elegant and bright in colours.
  • Subject Keywords: Miniature, Portrait, Baroque
  • Type: Enamel painted on copper
  • External Link: Livrustkammaren

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