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King Edward I or King Edward II

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King Edward I or King Edward II, by Unknown artist, 1590s-1620 - NPG 4980(6) - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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King Edward I or King Edward II

by Unknown artist
oil on panel, 1590s-1620
22 7/8 in. x 17 3/4 in. (580 mm x 450 mm) uneven
Purchased, 1974
Primary Collection
NPG 4980(6)

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  • King Edward I (1239-1307), Reigned 1272-1307. Sitter associated with 22 portraits.
  • King Edward II (1284-1327), Reigned 1307-27. Sitter associated with 26 portraits.

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This painting, inscribed with the name 'Edvardvus', was acquired as a portrait of Edward II . However the facial characteristics and costume conform to the facial type used for Henry III.

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Howard Jones

28 September 2015, 21:29

A contemporary chronicaler noted that both King Henry III and his son Edward III suffered a ptosis of the eyelid as is depicted in this painting. The painting accurately depicts a paralysis of the right eyelid indicating that the painting is a copy of an earlier accurate contemporary portrait.
Facial reconstructions of royal mummies show that accurate 3D portraiture already existed in Egypt 3,500 years ago. In England we can trace true portraiture back to the reign of Henry III. Art historians are determined to ignore evidence of medieval portraiture as in conflicts with the inaccurate dogmas which are drummed into students of the history of art.
(In your notes on the portrait set of medieval Kings you say that the artist draws the eye like this because of the written record, but the original written record says right eye. Other early portraits include King Richard on the Wilton Diptych and a painted 3D painted head of Edward II in Bristol Cathedral ignored by everyone.Ed II is depicted cross-eyed.

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