King Edward VI

1 portrait on display in Room 1 at the National Portrait Gallery

King Edward VI, by Workshop associated with 'Master John', circa 1547 - NPG 5511 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

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)
Purchased, 1982
Primary Collection
NPG 5511


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  • King Edward VI (1537-1553), Reigned 1547-53. Sitter associated with 45 portraits.

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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.

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