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King Henry VI

(1421-1471), Reigned 1422-61 and 1470-71

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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The Sovereigns of England, part 1, by John Carwitham, printed and published by  Richard Caldwell, after  Unknown artist - NPG 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

King Henry VI, by Simon François Ravenet - NPG D23762

King Henry VI

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

The Marriage of King Henry VI to Margaret of Anjou, by Charles Grignion - NPG D23763

The Marriage of King Henry VI to Margaret of Anjou

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

King Henry VI, by George Vertue - NPG D23756

King Henry VI

by George Vertue
line engraving, 1732
NPG D23756

King Henry VI, by George Vertue - NPG D19762

King Henry VI

by George Vertue
line engraving, engraved 1735
NPG D19762

King Henry VI, by George Vertue - NPG D23765

King Henry VI

by George Vertue
line engraving, 1745
NPG D23765

King Henry VI, by Francesco Bartolozzi - NPG D23755

King Henry VI

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

King Henry VI, by James Bretherton - NPG D23757

King Henry VI

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

The Marriage of King Henry VI to Margaret of Anjou, by G. Barrett, after  Jan Gossaert (Mabuse) - NPG 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

King Henry VI, probably after William Faithorne - NPG D33913

King Henry VI

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

King Henry VI, by J. Thornthwaite, published by  Thomas Cadell the Elder - NPG D23761

King Henry VI

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

King Henry VI, by William Nelson Gardiner, published by  Edward Harding, after  Silvester Harding - NPG D23766

King Henry VI

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

King Henry VI, by Burnet Reading - NPG D23760

King Henry VI

by Burnet Reading
line engraving, published 1793
NPG D23760

King Henry VI, by Francesco Bartolozzi, after  John Keyse Sherwin - NPG D20379

King Henry VI

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

King Henry VI, by E. Bocquet - NPG D23768

King Henry VI

by E. Bocquet
line engraving, published 1806
NPG D23768

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King Henry VI

after Unknown artist
line engraving, published 1649
NPG D33914

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King Henry VI

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

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