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King Henry VIII

(1491-1547), Reigned 1509-47

Sitter associated with 98 portraits
Henry VIII succeeded his father Henry VII to the throne in 1509. He is well known for his six marriages, and for ordering the dissolution of religious houses which took place between 1535-39. Aided by his ministers, Cardinal Wolsey and Thomas Cromwell, his reign was characterised by ambition abroad and ruthlessness at home, firmly establishing the Tudor family as the ruling dynasty in England. His quest for a male heir and a divorce from his first wife Katherine of Aragon, led to his establishing himself as head of the Church in England in place of the Pope in 1535.

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King Henry VIII; King Henry VII, by Hans Holbein the Younger - NPG 4027

King Henry VIII; King Henry VII

by Hans Holbein the Younger
ink and watercolour, circa 1536-1537
NPG 4027

King Henry VIII, after Hans Holbein the Younger - NPG 157

King Henry VIII

after Hans Holbein the Younger
oil on copper, probably 17th century, based on a work of 1536
NPG 157

King Henry VIII, by Unknown artist - NPG 496

King Henry VIII

by Unknown artist
oil on panel, perhaps early 17th century, based on a work of circa 1542
NPG 496

King Henry VIII, after Hans Holbein the Younger - NPG 324

King Henry VIII

after Hans Holbein the Younger
oil on panel, probably 17th century
NPG 324

King Henry VIII, after Unknown artist - NPG D24150

King Henry VIII

after Unknown artist
etching, possibly 1545
NPG D24150

King Henry VIII, by Cornelis Metsys (Massys) - NPG D24928

King Henry VIII

by Cornelis Metsys (Massys)
line engraving, 1548
NPG D24928

King Henry VIII, by Cornelis Metsys (Massys) - NPG D24929

King Henry VIII

by Cornelis Metsys (Massys)
line engraving, 1548
NPG D24929

King Henry VIII, by Francis Delaram - NPG D24144

King Henry VIII

by Francis Delaram
line engraving, early 17th century
NPG D24144

King Henry VIII, possibly by William Faithorne - NPG D24165

King Henry VIII

possibly by William Faithorne
line engraving, probably 17th century
NPG D24165

King Henry VIII, after Unknown artist - NPG D9458

King Henry VIII

after Unknown artist
line engraving, 17th-18th century
NPG D9458



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