King Edward VI
King Edward VI
by Workshop associated with 'Master John'
oil on panel, circa 1547
61 1/4 in. x 32 in. (1556 mm x 813 mm)
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The son of Henry VIII and Jane Seymour, Edward succeeded his father in 1547 aged nine. Scholarly and firmly Protestant, he ruled during his minority with the help of a council, but was dominated first by the Duke of Somerset as Lord Protector, and later by the Duke of Northumberland. The latter induced Edward to will the crown to his daughter-in-law Lady Jane Grey, in order to ensure the Protestant succession. Edward died of tuberculosis shortly before his sixteenth birthday. In this portrait, which is thought to have been painted after his accession, Edward mimics the forceful pose of his father seen in Holbein's Whitehall Cartoon.
Linked publicationsback to top
- I-Spy National Portrait Gallery, 2010, p. 7
- National Portrait Gallery: 100 Portraits, p. 20
- Audio Guide
- 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), p. 76
- 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), pp. 88-93
- Clare Gittings, The National Portrait Gallery Book of Elizabeth I, 2006, p. 4
- Gittings, Clare, The National Portrait Gallery Book of The Tudors, 2006, p. 15
- MacLeod, Catharine, Tudor Portraits in the National Portrait Gallery Collection, 1996, p. 19
- Ribeiro, Aileen, The Gallery of Fashion, 2000, p. 36
- Ribeiro, Aileen; Blackman, Cally, A Portrait of Fashion: Six Centuries of Dress at the National Portrait Gallery, 2015, p. 47
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 195
- Various contributors, National Portrait Gallery: A Portrait of Britain, 2014, p. 39
- Williamson, David, Kings and Queens, 2010, p. 93
- Williamson, David, The National Portrait Gallery: History of the Kings and Queens of England, 1998, p. 93
Linked displays and exhibitionsback to top
- The Real Tudors: Kings and Queens Rediscovered (12 September 2014 - 1 March 2015)
- Painting the Boy King: New Research on Portraits of Edward VI (24 May 2008 - 7 December 2008)
Subjects & Themesback to top
Events of 1547back to top
Current affairsDeath of King Henry VIII and the coronation of King Edward VI, aged nine. Edward Seymour, Duke of Somerset is appointed Lord Protector.
Parliament repeals the Act of Six Articles of Religion, 1539. The English Reformation becomes more Protestant.
The Abolition of Chantries Acts (1545 and 1547) dissolve over 2,000 chapels which had held masses for the dead.
Art and scienceThe Book of Homilies is published to promote preaching in English.
Full-length portrait of King Edward VI is painted the Dutch artist William Scrots.
Somerset House is constructed in London for Edward Seymour, Duke of Somerset.
InternationalThe Battle of Mühlberg - the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V defeats the Protestant Schmalkaldic League.
Death of Francis I of France and accession of Henri II.
Coronation of Ivan IV of Russia (the Terrible), the first ruler of Russia to assume the title Tsar.
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On display in Room 01 at the National Portrait Gallery