King Henry VII

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King Henry VII, by Jodocus Hondius, 1610 - NPG D23858 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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King Henry VII

by Jodocus Hondius
line engraving, 1610
3 in. x 2 5/8 in. (75 mm x 67 mm) paper size
Given by the daughter of compiler William Fleming MD, Mary Elizabeth Stopford (née Fleming), 1931
Reference Collection
NPG D23858


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Sitterback to top

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

Artistback to top

  • Jodocus Hondius (1563-1611). Artist associated with 10 portraits, Sitter in 2 portraits.

This portraitback to top

Printed portrait sets of kings and queens were popular in England in the reigns of Queen Elizabeth I (1558-1603) and her successor James I (1603-1625). These portraits were engraved for a publication called The Theatre of The Empire of Great Britaine by John Speed, first published in 1611, in which they framed a map of Lancashire. The series celebrated the union of the houses of Lancaster and York through the marriage of Henry VII and Elizabeth of York in 1486. It was through this marriage that the Tudor dynasty was founded.

Related worksback to top

  • NPG D23859: Elizabeth of York (mounted together)
  • NPG D23855: King Henry IV; King Henry V; King Henry VI (mounted together)
  • NPG D23857: King Edward IV, King Edward V, King Richard III (mounted together)

Events of 1610back to top

Current affairs

Lady Arabella Stuart, cousin of James I, secretly marries William Seymour, Marquess of Hertford. James I's chaotic finances prompts Robert Cecil, Earl of Salisbury to submit to Parliament the great contract which proposed increases to the king's income for James's relinquishment of his feudal rights; however, it was not implemented.

Art and science

The Alchemist, by playwright Benjamin Jonson, is first performed by the acting troupe, the King's Men. Jonson also writes Prince Henry's Barriers, in honour of Henry, Prince of Wales. Stationers' Company agrees to give Thomas Bodley a copy of every book registered with them for his growing Bodleian Library.

International

Henry IV, King of France, is assassinated in Paris by Catholic fanatic, François Ravaillac. Henry, born a Calvinist, converted to Catholicism before ascending the throne to appease his future subjects. Although a popular king, much loved by his people, two earlier attempts had been made on his life.

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