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King Edward II (1284-1327), Reigned 1307-27

Sitter associated with 25 portraits
The son of Edward I and Eleanor of Castile, Edward II was an unpopular king who faced frequent unrest among the nobility. He was King of England from 1307 until deposed in January 1327 and later murdered at Berkeley Castle. His tendency to ignore his nobility in favour of low-born favourites led to constant political unrest and his eventual deposition. Edward is perhaps best remembered for his supposed murder and his alleged homosexuality. Edward II was the first monarch to establish colleges in the universities of Oxford and Cambridge; he founded Cambridge's King's Hall in 1317 and gave Oxford's Oriel College its royal charter in 1326.

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King Edward II

by Elkington & Co, cast by Domenico Brucciani, after Unknown artist
electrotype, 1877 (circa 1330s)
NPG 439

D33895

King Edward II

by F.F., after Unknown artist
etching, 17th century
NPG D33895

D33890

King Edward II

by Renold or Reginold Elstrack (Elstracke)
line engraving, 1618
NPG D33890

D33891

King Edward II

by Renold or Reginold Elstrack (Elstracke)
line engraving, 1618
NPG D33891

D23686

King Edward II

by Renold or Reginold Elstrack (Elstracke)
line engraving, 1628
NPG D23686

D22804

King Edward II; King Edward III (fictitious portraits)

probably by William Faithorne, published by Sir Robert Peake
line engraving, circa 1640
NPG D22804

D23686A

King Edward II

possibly by William Faithorne, published by Robert Peake the Elder
line engraving, early 1640s
NPG D23686A

D33893

King Edward II

after Unknown artist
line engraving, 1649?
NPG D33893

D23681

King Edward II

after Unknown artist
line engraving, perhaps 18th century
NPG D23681

D23682

King Edward II

by John Vandergucht
line engraving, probably 18th century
NPG D23682

D23690

King Edward II ('the Martyr')

after Unknown artist
etching, 18th century
NPG D23690

D23685

King Edward II

by Peter Vanderbank (Vandrebanc), after Edward Lutterell (Luttrell)
line engraving, 1706
NPG D23685

D33894

King Edward II

by John Carwitham, after Unknown artist
mezzotint, circa 1723-1741
NPG D33894

D34141

The Sovereigns of England, part 1

by John Carwitham, printed and published by Richard Caldwell, after Unknown artist
mezzotint, circa 1723-1741
NPG D34141

D23684

King Edward II

by George Vertue
line engraving, 1732
NPG D23684

D18690

King Edward II

by George Vertue
engraving, engraved 1735
NPG D18690

D20154

King Edward II

by George Vertue
line engraving, engraved 1735
NPG D20154

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