The collection of a beheaded king reunited in 3D

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Royal Collection Trust

This project is centred on a 3D digital reconstruction of the 17th century private galleries of King Charles I at Whitehall Palace in London, and what became the Lost Collection of Charles I after the King was beheaded in 1649, at the end of the English Civil War.

We worked closely with researchers to digitally recreate, as faithfully as possible, three of Whitehall Palace’s Privy Lodging Rooms as they would have appeared in 1639. The palace was lost to fire at the end of the 17th century; the hanging of the works and dimensions of the 3D environment were developed from archival sources, including two inventories of the King’s paintings, and plans and drawings of the palace.

The web native interactive allows users to explore the rooms of the Palace, encounter the works of art that hung in those rooms, and to search a database of the inventories to discover more about each work, including where they are today.