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King Henry VI (1421-1471), Reigned 1422-61 and 1470-1

Sitter associated with 37 portraits
Henry VI descended from the royal house of Lancaster and succeeded to the throne at the age of nine months. A council ruled in his name during his minority. As an adult he suffered military defeats and territorial losses in France. Contemporary accounts indicate his personal instability and he was involved in constant power struggles. After losing the crown to the Duke of York (Edward IV) in 1461, he was imprisoned between 1465 and 1470. In 1470 the hapless king was briefly restored to the throne but was captured and perhaps murdered. He was the founder of Eton College and King's College, Cambridge. A posthumous cult, venerating him as a 'saint', flourished into Tudor times.

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King Henry VI

by Unknown artist
oil on panel, late 16th or early 17th century
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D23771

King Henry VI

after Unknown artist
line engraving, probably 17th century
NPG D23771

D33917

Fictitious portrait of King Henry VI

by Domenicus Custos (De Coster)
line engraving, published 1600
NPG D33917

D23758

King Henry VI

by Renold or Reginold Elstrack (Elstracke)
line engraving, 1628
NPG D23758

D23774

King Henry VI

possibly by William Faithorne
line engraving, mid 17th century
NPG D23774

D9404

King Henry VI

by Renold or Reginold Elstrack (Elstracke)
line engraving, published 1638 (1618)
NPG D9404

D9405

King Henry VI

by Renold or Reginold Elstrack (Elstracke)
line engraving, published 1638 (1618)
NPG D9405

D22807

King Henry V; King Henry VI

probably by William Faithorne, published by Sir Robert Peake
line engraving, circa 1640
NPG D22807

D23769

King Henry VI

after Unknown artist
line engraving, published 1649
NPG D23769

D33916

King Henry VI

after Unknown artist
line engraving, late 17th-early 18th century
NPG D33916

D23770

King Henry VI

by John Goldar
line engraving, probably 18th century
NPG D23770

D23772

King Henry VI

after Unknown artist
line engraving, perhaps 18th century
NPG D23772

D23773

King Henry VI

by Hall
line engraving, probably 18th century
NPG D23773

D23775

King Henry VI

after Unknown artist
line engraving, probably 18th century
NPG D23775

D33915

King Henry VI

after Unknown artist
line engraving, 18th century
NPG D33915

D23767

King Henry VI

by John Faber Sr
mezzotint, 1714
NPG D23767

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

D23762

King Henry VI

by Simon Francois Ravenet
line engraving, mid 18th century
NPG D23762

D23763

The Marriage of King Henry VI to Margaret of Anjou

by Charles Grignion
line engraving, mid 18th century
NPG D23763

D23756

King Henry VI

by George Vertue
line engraving, 1732
NPG D23756

D19762

King Henry VI

by George Vertue
line engraving, engraved 1735
NPG D19762

D23765

King Henry VI

by George Vertue
line engraving, 1745
NPG D23765

D23755

King Henry VI

by Francesco Bartolozzi
line engraving, late 18th century
NPG D23755

D23757

King Henry VI

by James Bretherton
stipple engraving, late 18th century
NPG D23757

D23764

The Marriage of King Henry VI to Margaret of Anjou

by G. Barrett, after Jan Gossaert (Mabuse)
line engraving, late 18th century
NPG D23764

D33913

King Henry VI

probably after William Faithorne
etching, late 18th-early 19th century? (early 1640s)
NPG D33913

D23761

King Henry VI

by J. Thornthwaite, published by Thomas Cadell the Elder
line engraving, published 1 March 1788
NPG D23761

D23766

King Henry VI

by William Nelson Gardiner, published by Edward Harding, after Silvester Harding
stipple engraving, published 1790
NPG D23766

D23760

King Henry VI

by Burnet Reading
line engraving, published 1793
NPG D23760

D20379

King Henry VI

by Francesco Bartolozzi, after John Keyse Sherwin
line engraving, circa 1800-1818
NPG D20379

D23768

King Henry VI

by E. Bocquet
line engraving, published 1806
NPG D23768

D33914

King Henry VI

after Unknown artist
line engraving, published 1649
NPG D33914

D23759

King Henry VI

by William Ridley, published by Charles Cooke
stipple engraving, late 18th century
NPG D23759