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King Stephen

(circa 1092-1154), Reigned 1135-54

Sitter associated with 20 portraits
Stephen of Blois usurped the English throne in 1135 on the death of his uncle Henry I. Before his death, Henry had made his barons swear allegiance to his daughter Matilda as successor following the accidental drowning of both his legitimate male heirs. Stephen's coronation was met with little opposition as women were considered unfit to rule at that time. He was temporarily deposed in 1141 following an invasion led by Matilda and was re-crowned twice during his troubled reign.

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King Stephen, by Unknown artist - NPG 4980(3)

King Stephen

by Unknown artist
oil on panel, 1597-1618
On display in Room 1 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 4980(3)

King Stephen, possibly by William Faithorne - NPG D23625

King Stephen

possibly by William Faithorne
line engraving, probably 17th century
NPG D23625

Fictitious portrait called King Stephen, after Renold or Reginold Elstrack (Elstracke) - NPG D33878

Fictitious portrait called King Stephen

after Renold or Reginold Elstrack (Elstracke)
line engraving, (1618)
NPG D33878

Fictitious portrait called King Stephen, after Renold or Reginold Elstrack (Elstracke) - NPG D33879

Fictitious portrait called King Stephen

after Renold or Reginold Elstrack (Elstracke)
line engraving, (1618)
NPG D33879

Fictitious portrait called King Stephen, by Renold or Reginold Elstrack (Elstracke) - NPG D21424

Fictitious portrait called King Stephen

by Renold or Reginold Elstrack (Elstracke)
line engraving, published 1638 (1618)
NPG D21424

King Stephen, by Renold or Reginold Elstrack (Elstracke) - NPG D23623

King Stephen

by Renold or Reginold Elstrack (Elstracke)
line engraving, 1638
NPG D23623

Fictitious portrait called King Stephen, published by Sir Robert Peake, probably after  William Faithorne - NPG D21425

Fictitious portrait called King Stephen

published by Sir Robert Peake, probably after William Faithorne
etching, early 1640s
NPG D21425

King Stephen; King Henry II (fictitious portraits), probably by William Faithorne, published by  Sir Robert Peake - NPG D22801

King Stephen; King Henry II (fictitious portraits)

probably by William Faithorne, published by Sir Robert Peake
line engraving, circa 1640
NPG D22801

Fictitious portrait called King Stephen, after Unknown artist - NPG D21426

Fictitious portrait called King Stephen

after Unknown artist
line engraving, published 1649
NPG D21426

Fictitious portrait called King Stephen, after Unknown artist - NPG D33877

Fictitious portrait called King Stephen

after Unknown artist
line engraving, published 1649
NPG D33877

King Stephen, by Peter Vanderbank (Vandrebanc), after  Edward Lutterell (Luttrell) - NPG D23622

King Stephen

by Peter Vanderbank (Vandrebanc), after Edward Lutterell (Luttrell)
line engraving, late 17th century
NPG D23622

King Stephen, by John Carwitham, after  Unknown artist - NPG D33880

King Stephen

by John Carwitham, after Unknown artist
mezzotint, circa 1723-1741
NPG D33880

The Sovereigns of England, part 1, by John Carwitham, printed and published by  Richard Caldwell, after  Unknown artist - NPG D34141

The Sovereigns of England, part 1

by John Carwitham, printed and published by Richard Caldwell, after Unknown artist
mezzotint, circa 1723-1741
NPG D34141

Fictitious portrait called King Stephen, by James Smith - NPG D20283

Fictitious portrait called King Stephen

by James Smith
line engraving, mid 18th century
NPG D20283

King Stephen, by John Faber Jr, after  Unknown artist - NPG D33881

King Stephen

by John Faber Jr, after Unknown artist
mezzotint, circa 1731
NPG D33881

King Stephen, by George Vertue - NPG D23621

King Stephen

by George Vertue
line engraving, 1732
NPG D23621

King Stephen, by George Vertue - NPG D18687

King Stephen

by George Vertue
engraving, engraved 1733
NPG D18687

King Stephen, after Unknown artist - NPG D23624

King Stephen

after Unknown artist
stipple and line engraving, probably late 18th century
NPG D23624

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