King Henry VIII

1 portrait

King Henry VIII, by Unknown Anglo-Netherlandish artist, circa 1535-1540 - NPG 3638 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

King Henry VIII

by Unknown Anglo-Netherlandish artist
oil on panel, circa 1535-1540
23 in. x 17 1/2 in. (584 mm x 445 mm)
Given by Sir Geoffrey Langdon Keynes, 1948
Primary Collection
NPG 3638

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

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Although a comparatively large number of portraits of Henry VIII survive, they are likely to represent only a fraction of those that were made in his lifetime. This portrait may have been owned by Henry's personal chaplain, Anthony de Bellasis, and would have been displayed in order to demonstrate his loyalty to the king at a time of ongoing religious and political turmoil.
The number of artists who came to England from the Netherlands had a significant impact on the technique and style of English art. For example, the paint in the collar has been particularly skilfully handled in order to evoke the delicacy of the fabric. A new frame has been made for this portrait through the support of the Leche Trust.

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