Room 4: Tudor Court Life and Literature

See the portraits currently on display in Room 4 here

Room 4

© The National Portrait Gallery, London

This room includes a selection of portraits of well-known figures from the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries while portraits of the monarchs of the period can be seen in The Real Tudors (12 September 2014 – 1 March 2015) in Rooms 1, 2 and 3.

Two of King Henry VIII’s six wives, Anne Bolyen and Katherine Parr, are displayed alongside favourites from the court of Henry’s daughter, the ‘Virgin Queen’ Elizabeth I. These include the courtiers Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester and Robert Devereux, Earl of Essex.

Literary culture flourished in this period, represented here by images of the poet and clergyman John Donne and the dramatists William Shakespeare and Ben Jonson.