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King Henry VIII (1491-1547), Reigned 1509-47

Sitter associated with 91 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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D42827

King Henry VIII

by Robert Jacob Hamerton, published by Metzler & Co
chromolithograph, circa 1840s-1850s
NPG D42827

D24152

King Henry VIII

after Unknown artist
line block, late 19th century
NPG D24152

D24167

King Henry VIII

after Unknown artist
etching
NPG D24167

D30031

King Henry VIII

by John Faber Sr, after Hans Holbein the Younger
mezzotint, early 18th century
NPG D30031

D30032

King Henry VIII

by John Faber Sr, after Hans Holbein the Younger
mezzotint, early 18th century
NPG D30032

D18767

King Henry VIII

published by Timothy Jordan, after Hans Holbein the Younger
mezzotint, circa 1710-1720
NPG D18767

D32813

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 D32813

D19491

King Henry VIII

by Johann David Schleuen
line engraving, circa 1740-1774
NPG D19491

D18722

King Henry VIII

by Richard Houston, published by Elizabeth Bakewell, published by Henry Parker
mezzotint, circa 1750-1775
NPG D18722

D19955

King Henry VIII

by John Faber Jr, published by John Bowles, after Hans Holbein the Younger
mezzotint, published circa 1750-1775
NPG D19955

D14929

King Henry VIII

by William Thomas Fry, published by Harding & Lepard, after Hans Holbein the Younger
stipple engraving, published 1 December 1836
NPG D14929