Gallery admission is free
Open daily 10:00-18:00, Thursday-Friday until 21:00
© National Portrait Gallery, London
King Edward I
by Unknown artistoil on panel, 1597-161822 7/8 in. x 17 3/4 in. (580 mm x 450 mm) unevenPurchased, 1974NPG 4980(6)
Back to main page
Can you tell us more about this portrait? Spotted an error, information that is missing (a sitter’s life dates, occupation or family relationships, or a date of portrait for example) or do you know anything that we don't know? If you have information to share please complete the form below.
If you require information from us, please use our Archive enquiry service. If you wish to license this image, please use our Rights and Images service.
Please note that we cannot provide valuations.
We digitise over 8,000 portraits a year and we cannot guarantee being able to digitise images that are not already scheduled.
28 September 2015, 21:29
A contemporary chronicaler noted that both King Henry III and his son Edward III suffered a ptosis of the eyelid as is depicted in this painting. The painting accurately depicts a paralysis of the right eyelid indicating that the painting is a copy of an earlier accurate contemporary portrait.
Facial reconstructions of royal mummies show that accurate 3D portraiture already existed in Egypt 3,500 years ago. In England we can trace true portraiture back to the reign of Henry III. Art historians are determined to ignore evidence of medieval portraiture as in conflicts with the inaccurate dogmas which are drummed into students of the history of art.
(In your notes on the portrait set of medieval Kings you say that the artist draws the eye like this because of the written record, but the original written record says right eye. Other early portraits include King Richard on the Wilton Diptych and a painted 3D painted head of Edward II in Bristol Cathedral ignored by everyone.Ed II is depicted cross-eyed.
There are occasions when we are unsure of the identity of a sitter or artist, their life dates, occupation or have not recorded their family relationships. Sometimes we have not recorded the date of a portrait. Do you have specialist knowledge or a particular interest about any aspect of the portrait or sitter or artist that you can share with us? We would welcome any information that adds to and enhances our information and understanding about a particular portrait, sitter or artist.
How do you know this? Please could you let us know your source of information.
The National Portrait Gallery will NOT use your information to contact you or store for any other purpose than to investigate or display your contribution. By ticking permission to publish you are indicating your agreement for your contribution to be shown on this collection item page. Please note your email address will not be displayed on the page nor will it be used for any marketing material or promotion of any kind.
Please ensure your comments are relevant and appropriate. Your contributions must be polite and with no intention of causing trouble. All contributions are moderated.
If you tick permission to publish your name will appear above your contribution on our website.
Contributions are moderated. We'll need your email address so that we can follow up on the information provided and contact you to let you know when your contribution has been published.
National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place, London, WC2H 0HE
Switchboard: +44 (0) 20 7306 0055