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John Dudley, Duke of Northumberland (1502?-1553), Lord Protector of Edward VI

Sitter in 6 portraits
Received the title Earl of Warwick in 1546, and the following year, on Henry VIII's death, became a member of the council set up to govern the country during Edward VI's childhood. He made himself Duke of Northumberland in 1551. When it became clear in 1553 that the fifteen year-old Edward was going to die of tuberculosis, Northumberland caused his son, Guildford Dudley, to marry Lady Jane Grey and persuaded the king to will the crown to Jane, excluding Henry's daughters from the succession. Four days after Edward's death Northumberland proclaimed Jane queen. Two weeks later, however, he was forced to surrender to Mary Tudor's forces and was executed for treason.

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4165

King Edward VI and the Pope

by Unknown artist
oil on panel, circa 1575
On display in Room 2 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 4165

D24819

John Dudley, Duke of Northumberland

by Richard Godfrey
line engraving, possibly late 18th century
NPG D24819

D4687

John Dudley, Duke of Northumberland

by Richard Godfrey, after Unknown artist
line engraving, published 1786
NPG D4687

D16617

John Dudley, Duke of Northumberland

by Richard Godfrey, after Unknown artist
line engraving, published 1786
NPG D16617

D36325

Lady Jane Dudley (née Grey) ('Lady Jane Grey's reluctance to accept the Crown')

by Herbert Bourne, after Charles Robert Leslie
engraving, published 1886
NPG D36325

D38789

John Dudley, Duke of Northumberland

by Robert Cooper, published by Lackington, Allen & Co, and published by Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme & Brown, after Robert William Satchwell, after Unknown artist
stipple engraving, published 20 July 1816
NPG D38789