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King Edward IV

(1442-1483), Reigned 1461-70 and 1471-83

Sitter associated with 37 portraits
The first Yorkist King of England. Edward was the son of Richard, Duke of York and great grandson of Edward III. Following his father's death in 1460, Edward defeated Henry VI's Lancastrian supporters at a decisive battle in the ongoing Wars of the Roses and was crowned king in 1461. Edward's unpopular marriage in 1464 to a commoner, Elizabeth Woodville, alienated his staunchest supporter, the Earl of Warwick, who staged an invasion with Henry VI's queen, Margaret of Anjou, in 1470. Edward was forced to flee but returned in 1471, killing Warwick and finally establishing the House of York firmly on the throne. As king he renewed England's wars with France, and reorganised crown revenues.

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The lines of Plantagenet, Lancaster and York, by George Vertue - NPG D32045

The lines of Plantagenet, Lancaster and York

by George Vertue
etching, circa 1700-1756
NPG D32045

King Edward IV, after Unknown artist - NPG D21042

King Edward IV

after Unknown artist
etching, early 18th century?
NPG D21042

King Edward IV, by Peter Vanderbank (Vandrebanc), after  Unknown artist - NPG D7989

King Edward IV

by Peter Vanderbank (Vandrebanc), after Unknown artist
line engraving, published 1706
NPG D7989

The Sovereigns of England, part 1, by John Carwitham, printed and published by  Richard Caldwell, after  Unknown artist - NPG D34141

The Sovereigns of England, part 1

by John Carwitham, printed and published by Richard Caldwell, after Unknown artist
mezzotint, circa 1723-1741
NPG D34141

King Edward IV, by John Carwitham, after  Unknown artist - NPG D21045

King Edward IV

by John Carwitham, after Unknown artist
mezzotint, circa 1723-1741
NPG D21045

King Edward IV, after Unknown artist - NPG D23793

King Edward IV

after Unknown artist
line engraving, perhaps mid 18th century
NPG D23793

King Edward IV, by George Vertue - NPG D23790

King Edward IV

by George Vertue
line engraving, 1732
NPG D23790

King Edward IV, by George Vertue - NPG D19137

King Edward IV

by George Vertue
engraving, engraved 1735
NPG D19137

King Edward IV, by George Vertue - NPG D23786

King Edward IV

by George Vertue
line engraving, 1745
NPG D23786

King Edward IV, by Thomas Trotter, published by  Thomas Cadell the Elder - NPG D23795

King Edward IV

by Thomas Trotter, published by Thomas Cadell the Elder
line engraving, published 1 January 1788
NPG D23795

King Edward IV, by Thomas Trotter - NPG D23799

King Edward IV

by Thomas Trotter
line engraving, published before 1788
NPG D23799

King Edward IV, by James Parker - NPG D23784

King Edward IV

by James Parker
stipple and line engraving, published 1790
NPG D23784

King Edward IV, after Unknown artist - NPG D23800

King Edward IV

after Unknown artist
etching, perhaps early 19th century
NPG D23800

'Statues in St Stephen's Hall and the Central Hall', New Palace of Westminster, published by Illustrated London News - NPG D47366

'Statues in St Stephen's Hall and the Central Hall', New Palace of Westminster

published by Illustrated London News
wood engraving, published 4 February 1854
NPG D47366

King Edward IV, published by John Player & Sons, after  Unknown artist - NPG D48126

King Edward IV

published by John Player & Sons, after Unknown artist
colour relief halftone cigarette card, 1935
NPG D48126

King Edward IV, by Gaillard, after  J. Robert - NPG D19838

King Edward IV

by Gaillard, after J. Robert
line engraving
NPG D19838

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Called King Edward IV

by Peter Vanderbank (Vandrebanc), after Edward Lutterell (Luttrell)
line engraving, published 1706
NPG D19161

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