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Room 1
The Early Tudors

Room 1This second floor room begins the chronological sequence of Galleries and covers the Tudor dynasty from the defeat of Richard III at Bosworth Field by Henry Tudor, later crowned Henry VII, in 1485 through the reign of Henry VIII to his death in 1547 and his succession. A large group portrait of the family of Sir Thomas More hangs at the entrance to the room and large cartoon of Henry VIII by Holbein dominates the room itself. There is a wall on the wives of Henry VIII and elsewhere portraits of the central figures of the period, such as Wolsey, Cromwell and Cranmer. A viewing device allows visitors to see 'corrected' the anamorphic portrait of Edward VI in the middle of the room.

Room introduction Montacute House

5 portraits on display in Room 1 at the National Portrait Gallery

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