King Edward VI

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King Edward VI, attributed to Guillim Scrots (Guillim Stretes or William Scrots), 1546 - NPG 1299 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

King Edward VI

attributed to Guillim Scrots (Guillim Stretes or William Scrots)
oil on panel, anamorphosis, 1546
16 3/4 in. x 63 in. (425 mm x 1600 mm)
Purchased, 1901
Primary Collection
NPG 1299

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  • King Edward VI (1537-1553), Reigned 1547-53. Sitter associated with 45 portraits.

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This portrait of Edward was painted when he was nine, a year before he became king. He is shown in distorted perspective (anamorphosis), a technique designed to display the virtuosity of the painter and amaze the spectator. When viewed from the right Edward can be seen in correct perspective. The portrait is recorded by numerous foreign visitors to Whitehall from the end of the sixteenth-century, it was sold from the royal collection in 1649 for £2.

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