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King Henry VII

(1457-1509), Reigned 1485-1509

Sitter associated with 65 portraits
Henry VII was the son of Edmund Tudor, Earl of Richmond and Lady Margaret Beaufort. He was head of the house of Lancaster after the death of Henry VI and the founder of the Tudor dynasty. He assumed power in 1485 having defeated and killed the Yorkist king Richard III at the battle of Bosworth Field, establishing the Tudor monarchy. In 1486 he united the houses of York and Lancaster through his marriage to Elizabeth of York and finally ended the War of the Roses. A notably clever king, he amassed enormous wealth for the Crown and established relative peace in England.

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King Henry VII, by Louis Philippe Boitard - NPG D23847

King Henry VII

by Louis Philippe Boitard
line engraving, mid 18th century
NPG D23847

King Henry VII, by George Vertue - NPG D19742

King Henry VII

by George Vertue
line engraving, engraved 1736
NPG D19742

King Henry VIII; King Henry VII; Elizabeth of York; Jane Seymour, by George Vertue, after  Remigius van Leemput, after  Hans Holbein the Younger - NPG D42238

King Henry VIII; King Henry VII; Elizabeth of York; Jane Seymour

by George Vertue, after Remigius van Leemput, after Hans Holbein the Younger
line engraving, 1737
NPG D42238

King Henry VIII; King Henry VII; Elizabeth of York; Jane Seymour, by George Vertue, after  Remigius van Leemput, after  Hans Holbein the Younger - NPG D18545

King Henry VIII; King Henry VII; Elizabeth of York; Jane Seymour

by George Vertue, after Remigius van Leemput, after Hans Holbein the Younger
line engraving, 1737
NPG D18545

King Henry VII, by George Vertue - NPG D23844

King Henry VII

by George Vertue
line engraving, 1745
NPG D23844

King Henry VII, by John Keyse Sherwin - NPG D23841

King Henry VII

by John Keyse Sherwin
line engraving, published 1788
NPG D23841

Unknown sitter engraved as King Henry VII when Earl of Richmond, by James Parker, published by  Edward Harding, after  Silvester Harding, after  Unknown artist - NPG D23862

Unknown sitter engraved as King Henry VII when Earl of Richmond

by James Parker, published by Edward Harding, after Silvester Harding, after Unknown artist
stipple engraving, published 1 November 1790
NPG D23862

King Henry VII, by Henry Bone, after  Unknown artist - NPG D17180

King Henry VII

by Henry Bone, after Unknown artist
pencil drawing squared in ink for transfer, early 19th century
NPG D17180

Interior of Henry the Seventh's Monument; Remaining Figures on the Screen of Henry the Seventh's Monument, by John Bluck, after  Frederick Mackenzie - NPG D42667

Interior of Henry the Seventh's Monument; Remaining Figures on the Screen of Henry the Seventh's Monument

by John Bluck, after Frederick Mackenzie
hand-coloured etching and aquatint, published 1812
NPG D42667

King Henry VII, by H. Growe - NPG D23846

King Henry VII

by H. Growe
etching, published 1813
NPG D23846

King Henry VII, by and possibly published by John Bradley - NPG D19605

King Henry VII

by and possibly published by John Bradley
hand-coloured etching and aquatint, published March 1814
NPG D19605

Henry the Seventh's Chapel.  Monuments and Details, by and published by John Preston Neale, by  John Carter, by  James Robert Thompson, published by  Hurst, Robinson & Co - NPG D42664

Henry the Seventh's Chapel. Monuments and Details

by and published by John Preston Neale, by John Carter, by James Robert Thompson, published by Hurst, Robinson & Co
line engraving and etching, published 1 July 1821
NPG D42664

'Statues in St Stephen's Hall and the Central Hall', New Palace of Westminster, published by Illustrated London News - NPG D47366

'Statues in St Stephen's Hall and the Central Hall', New Palace of Westminster

published by Illustrated London News
wood engraving, published 4 February 1854
NPG D47366

'Adoration of the Magi', by Unknown artist - NPG D43055

'Adoration of the Magi'

by Unknown artist
lithograph, published 1878
NPG D43055

formerly thought to be King Henry VII, by Unknown artist - NPG D43059

formerly thought to be King Henry VII

by Unknown artist
chromolithograph, published 1878
NPG D43059

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King Henry VII

possibly by John Payne
line engraving, circa 1625-1647
NPG D19298

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King Henry VII

by Renold or Reginold Elstrack (Elstracke), after Unknown artist
line engraving, published 1638
NPG D31868

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