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Tudor & Jacobean Portraits


Pub. date: 7 March 2019
Price: £12.95
ISBN: 978 1 85514 766 9
Format: 200 x 150mm
Extent: 176 pages
Illustrations: 100
Binding: Hardback
Category: Art/Art History

by Charlotte Bolland

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This richly illustrated book presents a selection of the some of the most famous and popular pictures that hang in the Tudor and Jacobean galleries of the National Portrait Gallery, London.


The Collection of the National Portrait Gallery, London, is renowned for its portraits from the Tudor and Jacobean eras, many of which are on display at the Gallery or at Montacute House, our regional partner in Somerset. This book presents portraits of key individuals from this period, from the monarchs and members of the ruling elite to the writers, artists and artisans that characterised the literary and artistic flourishing of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.

An introductory essay provides important historical context, and the ninety works selected from the collections of the National Portrait Gallery and National Trust are accompanied by extended captions exploring the sitter and artist’s significance to the period and technical information about the portrait. The publication features sections on Tudor monarchs, the Stuarts, courtiers, the family in portraiture, and iconography.


Charlotte Bolland is Collections Curator, Sixteenth Century, at the National Portrait Gallery, London. She has co-authored The Encounter: Drawings from Leonardo to Rembrandt (2017), The Real Tudors: Kings and Queens Rediscovered (2014) and Les Tudors (2015). Her other publications include contributions to Leadership and Elizabethan Culture (2013), Elizabeth I & Her People (2013) and Painting in Britain 1500–1630: Production, Influences and Patronage (2015).