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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 George Vertue, after  Hans Holbein the Younger - NPG D24930

King Henry VIII

by George Vertue, after Hans Holbein the Younger
line engraving, 1736
NPG D24930

King Henry VIII, by George Vertue, after  Hans Holbein the Younger - NPG D32703

King Henry VIII

by George Vertue, after Hans Holbein the Younger
line engraving, 1736
NPG D32703

Henry VIII Presenting a Charter to the Barber Surgeons Company, by Bernard Baron, after  Hans Holbein the Younger - NPG D11098

Henry VIII Presenting a Charter to the Barber Surgeons Company

by Bernard Baron, after Hans Holbein the Younger
line engraving, 1736
NPG D11098

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 VIII, by George Vertue - NPG D24153

King Henry VIII

by George Vertue
line engraving, 1745
NPG D24153

King Henry VIII, by Richard Houston, published by  Elizabeth Bakewell, published by  Henry Parker - NPG D33367

King Henry VIII

by Richard Houston, published by Elizabeth Bakewell, published by Henry Parker
mezzotint, circa 1750-1775
NPG D33367

King Henry VIII, by Simon François Ravenet - NPG D24156

King Henry VIII

by Simon François Ravenet
line engraving, 1757
NPG D24156

Prince Henry aftwerwards King Henry VIII, after Unknown artist - NPG D23869

Prince Henry aftwerwards King Henry VIII

after Unknown artist
line engraving, late 18th century
NPG D23869

King Henry VIII, by S. Sparrow, after  Samuel Wale - NPG D9463

King Henry VIII

by S. Sparrow, after Samuel Wale
etching, late 18th century
NPG D9463

King Henry VIII, by John Goldar - NPG D9465

King Henry VIII

by John Goldar
line engraving, published 1784
NPG D9465

King Henry VIII, by John Goldar - NPG D9466

King Henry VIII

by John Goldar
line engraving, published 1784
NPG D9466

King Henry VIII, by Charles Sherwin, after  Hans Holbein the Younger - NPG D24158

King Henry VIII

by Charles Sherwin, after Hans Holbein the Younger
line engraving, published 1788
NPG D24158

King Henry VIII, by Robert Graves - NPG D24154

King Henry VIII

by Robert Graves
line engraving, early 19th century
NPG D24154

King Henry VIII and William Somer (Sommers), by James Thomson (Thompson), after  Henry Corbould - NPG D24164

King Henry VIII and William Somer (Sommers)

by James Thomson (Thompson), after Henry Corbould
line and stipple engraving, early 19th century
NPG D24164

King Henry VIII, by Henry Bone, after  Hans Holbein the Younger - NPG D17182

King Henry VIII

by Henry Bone, after Hans Holbein the Younger
pencil drawing squared in ink for transfer, early 19th century
NPG D17182

King Henry VIII, by E. Bocquet - NPG D24157

King Henry VIII

by E. Bocquet
stipple engraving, published 1806
NPG D24157

Prince Henry aftwerwards King Henry VIII, published by William Richardson - NPG D23868

Prince Henry aftwerwards King Henry VIII

published by William Richardson
stipple and line engraving, published 1810
NPG D23868

King Henry VIII, published for Rudolph Ackermann - NPG D24934

King Henry VIII

published for Rudolph Ackermann
hand-coloured stipple and aquatint engraving, 1814-1815
NPG D24934

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