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The Tudors: Passion, Power and Politics

20 May - 29 August 2022

Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool

Queen Elizabeth I
by Unknown continental artist
circa 1575
NPG 2082

The Tudors: Passion, Power and Politics presents the five Tudor monarchs, Henry VII, Henry VIII, Edward VI, Mary I and Elizabeth I, some of the most familiar figures from English history and instantly recognisable in the portraits that have preserved their likenesses for five hundred years. The dynasty’s reign over sixteenth-century England, from 1485 to 1603, encompassed the tumultuous years of the Reformation; a literary renaissance; conflict with Scotland, France and Spain and conquest and colonisation in Ireland and America

The exhibition at the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool, will feature around one hundred objects. This includes sixty-eight works from the National Portrait Gallery, a selection of additional loans, and paintings from the Walker Art Gallery's collection. Portraits on display will include the Tudor monarchs, alongside their counsellors and courtiers, Thomas More, Thomas Cromwell, Robert Dudley, William Cecil and Francis Walsingham.

The exhibition features some of the most famous works in the National Portrait Gallery Collection, some of which have never been shown outside of London, including a portrait of Jane Seymour, after Hans Holbein the Younger and the highly unusual Sir Henry Unton portrait.

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