King Henry VIII

1 portrait

King Henry VIII, by Unknown Anglo-Netherlandish artist, circa 1535-1540 - NPG 1376 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

King Henry VIII

by Unknown Anglo-Netherlandish artist
oil on panel, circa 1535-1540
22 1/2 in. x 16 3/4 in. (572 mm x 425 mm)
Purchased, 1904
Primary Collection
NPG 1376

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Sitterback to top

  • King Henry VIII (1491-1547), Reigned 1509-47. Sitter associated with 91 portraits.

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This portrait of the king was probably produced by an English or Netherlandish artist working in England. The frame is original to the picture, although it has been repainted many times. Investigation of the paint layers indicates that the frame was quite brightly coloured originally, perhaps in imitation of marble or tortoiseshell.

Linked publicationsback to top

  • Bolland, Charlotte; Cooper, Tarnya, The Real Tudors: Kings and Queens Rediscovered, 2014 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 12th September 2014 to 1st March 2015)
  • Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 296
  • Simon, Jacob, The Art of the Picture Frame: Artists, Patrons and the Framing of Portraits in Britain, 1997 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 8 November 1996 - 9 February 1997), p. 150
  • Strong, Roy, Tudor and Jacobean Portraits, 1969, p. 156

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