King Henry VII

1 portrait of King Henry VII

King Henry VII, by Unknown Netherlandish artist, 1505 - NPG 416 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

King Henry VII

by Unknown Netherlandish artist
oil on panel, 1505
16 3/4 in. x 12 in. (425 mm x 305 mm) arched top
Purchased, 1876
Primary Collection
NPG 416

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  • King Henry VII (1457-1509), Reigned 1485-1509. Sitter associated with 64 portraits.

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This impressive portrait is the earliest painting in the National Portrait Gallery's collection. The inscription records that the portrait was painted on 29 October 1505 by order of Herman Rinck, an agent for the Holy Roman Emperor, Maximilian I. The portrait was probably painted as part of an unsuccessful marriage proposal, as Henry hoped to marry Maximilian's daughter Margaret of Savoy as his second wife.

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