Baptist History Paintings

John Clarke and the Royal Charter

A Lively Experiment

John Clarke and the Royal Charter

By Ron Adair

Commissioned by the Baptist History Preservation Society

Currently Unavailable

Though often overlooked, John Clarke had been called the foremost diplomat of his time. This scene, a depiction of Clarke receiving the Royal Charter of 1663, was commissioned to commemorate the 400th anniversary of his birth. The event took place in the Banqueting House at Whitehall Palace. Pictured with Clarke is the Earl of Clarendon. Seated at the table is Secretary Thomas Howard, and seated to the right is King Charles II. Standing in the background is William Kiffin, noted Baptist Pastor in England. Within the charter, the King expressed his hope that, “There may, in time, by the blessing of God upon their endeavors be laid a sure foundation of happiness to all America.” His hope was prophetic as this charter was a forerunner of the Constitution of the United States. The lively experiment was tried and proven in Rhode Island, and the principles of liberty which were first set forth there are the basis of government for every state in the union. The original oil painting is on display at New England Baptist College, Southington, Connecticut.

All prints are signed and numbered. The image size is 18" x 24". Each print comes with an historical sketch of the event depicted and a certificate of authenticity. Scene painted by nationally known artist, Ron Adair of Colorado Springs, Colorado.