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King Edward VI (1537-1553), Reigned 1547-53

Sitter associated with 45 portraits
The only son of Henry VIII and his third wife Jane Seymour, Edward succeeded his father in 1547 aged nine. Scholarly and firmly Protestant, he ruled during his minority with the help of a council, but was dominated by the policies of his two Protestant Protectors, first Edward Seymour, Duke of Somerset and then John Dudley, Duke of Northumberland. The latter induced Edward to will the crown to Lady Jane Grey, in order to ensure the Protestant succession. Edward died of tuberculosis shortly before his sixteenth birthday.

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King Edward VI

by Anker Smith
line engraving, published 1804
NPG D24812


King Edward VI

by Henry Bone, after Unknown artist
pencil drawing squared in ink for transfer, February 1816 (1547)
NPG D17492


King Edward VI

by Henry Bone, after Unknown artist
pencil drawing squared in ink for transfer, 9 June 1816
NPG D17184


King Edward VI

by George Vertue, after Unknown artist
engraving, engraved 1736
NPG D19060


King Edward VI

by Richard Houston, published by Elizabeth Bakewell, published by Henry Parker
mezzotint, published 1759
NPG D18897


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