The Tudors: Passion, Power and Politics
28 January - 8 May 2022
Queen Elizabeth I
by Unknown continental artist
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 cast of characters will be introduced in the exhibition at The Holburne Museum in Bath, encompassing some of the most famous portraits in the National Portrait Gallery 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.
Some of the works included in the exhibition 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.
Tudor and Elizabethan matching pairs
Test your memory by playing our matching pairs game. Three levels of difficulty make it fun for the whole family.
Regency familiar faces
Rearrange tiles to uncover sitters from the Gallery's Collection by playing our puzzle game.
Who do you think you were?
Answer a few lifestyle questions about the Elizabethan period and discover your inner Elizabethan!