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King Henry VIII

(1491-1547), Reigned 1509-47

Sitter associated with 94 portraits
Henry VIII succeeded his father Henry VII to the throne in 1509. He is well known for his six marriages, and for ordering the dissolution of religious houses which took place between 1535-39. Aided by his ministers, Cardinal Wolsey and Thomas Cromwell, his reign was characterised by ambition abroad and ruthlessness at home, firmly establishing the Tudor family as the ruling dynasty in England. His quest for a male heir and a divorce from his first wife Katherine of Aragon, led to his establishing himself as head of the Church in England in place of the Pope in 1535.

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King Henry VIII, by Francis Delaram - NPG D9460

King Henry VIII

by Francis Delaram
line engraving, published 1618
NPG D9460

King Henry VIII, by Francis Delaram - NPG D9461

King Henry VIII

by Francis Delaram
line engraving, published 1618
NPG D9461

King Henry VIII, by Francis Delaram - NPG D9462

King Henry VIII

by Francis Delaram
line engraving, published 1618
NPG D9462

King Henry VIII, by Magdalena de Passe, or by  Willem de Passe - NPG D9451

King Henry VIII

by Magdalena de Passe, or by Willem de Passe
line engraving, published 1620
NPG D9451

King Henry VIII, by Magdalena de Passe, or by  Willem de Passe - NPG D9455

King Henry VIII

by Magdalena de Passe, or by Willem de Passe
line engraving, published 1620
NPG D9455

King Henry VIII, after Unknown artist - NPG D9453

King Henry VIII

after Unknown artist
line engraving, 17th century
NPG D9453

King Henry VIII, after Unknown artist - NPG D9454

King Henry VIII

after Unknown artist
line engraving, 17th century
NPG D9454

King Henry VIII, after Unknown artist - NPG D9452

King Henry VIII

after Unknown artist
line engraving, published 1628
NPG D9452

King Henry VIII, by Thomas Cecill - NPG D9456

King Henry VIII

by Thomas Cecill
line engraving, published 1630
NPG D9456

King Henry VIII, by Thomas Cecill - NPG D9457

King Henry VIII

by Thomas Cecill
line engraving, published 1630
NPG D9457

King Henry VIII, probably by William Faithorne - NPG D22810

King Henry VIII

probably by William Faithorne
line engraving, circa 1640
NPG D22810

King Henry VIII, by Peter Isselburg (Yselburg, Eisselburg), after  Cornelis Metsys (Massys) - NPG D24927

King Henry VIII

by Peter Isselburg (Yselburg, Eisselburg), after Cornelis Metsys (Massys)
line engraving, 1646
NPG D24927

King Henry VIII, by Peter Isselburg (Yselburg, Eisselburg), after  Cornelis Metsys (Massys) - NPG D9450

King Henry VIII

by Peter Isselburg (Yselburg, Eisselburg), after Cornelis Metsys (Massys)
line engraving, 1646
NPG D9450

King Henry VIII and Thomas Cranmer, by Robert White - NPG D24146

King Henry VIII and Thomas Cranmer

by Robert White
line engraving, late 17th century
NPG D24146

King Henry VIII, possibly by Robert White, after  Hans Holbein the Younger - NPG D24149

King Henry VIII

possibly by Robert White, after Hans Holbein the Younger
line engraving, late 17th century
NPG D24149

King Henry VIII, probably by Gaspar Bouttats, after  Hans Holbein the Younger - NPG D33366

King Henry VIII

probably by Gaspar Bouttats, after Hans Holbein the Younger
etching and line engraving, late 17th century
NPG D33366

King Henry VIII, after Unknown artist - NPG D9449

King Henry VIII

after Unknown artist
line engraving, probably late 17th century
NPG D9449

King Henry VIII, by William Faithorne - NPG D22783

King Henry VIII

by William Faithorne
line engraving, published 1672
NPG D22783

King Henry VIII, by William Faithorne - NPG D22784

King Henry VIII

by William Faithorne
line engraving, published 1672
NPG D22784

King Henry VII; King Henry VIII; King Edward VI, after Unknown artist - NPG D34139

King Henry VII; King Henry VIII; King Edward VI

after Unknown artist
line engraving, published 1677
NPG D34139

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