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16 Portraits in set: The Hornby Castle set of early Kings and Queens: paintings by unknown artists, late 16th century-circa 1620

A set of representations of monarchs which formerly hung in Hornby Castle. Similar sets of portraits were popular in later Elizabethan and Jacobean houses, and were used to decorate long galleries. Sets could be purchased from a painter's workshop, but the style of these portraits indicates that they do not all come from the same studio. The portraits of the earliest kings are mostly fictitious; the rest, from Edward III on, are usually related to some painting or effigy believed to be from life. Sometimes substitutes were made where no authentic likeness could be found, as in the portrait of Edward V, which seems to derive from portraits of Edward VI.

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4980(15)

Anne Boleyn

by Unknown artist
oil on panel, late 16th century
NPG 4980(15)

4980(7)

King Edward III

by Unknown artist
oil on panel, late 16th century
NPG 4980(7)

4980(10)

King Edward IV

by Unknown artist
oil on panel, late 16th century
NPG 4980(10)

4980(11)

King Edward V

by Unknown artist
oil on panel, late 16th century
NPG 4980(11)

4980(9)

King Henry IV

by Unknown artist
oil on panel, late 16th century
NPG 4980(9)

4980(13)

King Henry VII

after Unknown artist
oil on panel, late 16th century
On display in Room 3 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 4980(13)

4980(14)

King Henry VIII

by Unknown artist
oil on panel, late 16th century
On display in Room 3 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 4980(14)

4980(16)

Queen Mary I

by Unknown artist
oil on panel, late 16th century
On display in Room 3 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 4980(16)

4980(8)

King Richard II

by Unknown artist
oil on panel, late 16th century
NPG 4980(8)

4980(12)

King Richard III

by Unknown artist
oil on panel, late 16th century
NPG 4980(12)

4980(2)

King Henry I

by Unknown artist
oil on panel, circa 1620
NPG 4980(2)

4980(4)

King Henry II

by Unknown artist
oil on panel, circa 1620
NPG 4980(4)

4980(6)

King Edward II

by Unknown artist
oil on panel, circa 1620
NPG 4980(6)

4980(5)

King John

by Unknown artist
oil on panel, circa 1620
NPG 4980(5)

4980(3)

King Stephen

by Unknown artist
oil on panel, circa 1620
NPG 4980(3)

4980(1)

King William I ('The Conqueror')

by Unknown artist
oil on panel, circa 1620
NPG 4980(1)