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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, by E. Bocquet - NPG D24157

King Henry VIII

by E. Bocquet
stipple engraving, published 1806
NPG D24157

Prince Henry aftwerwards King Henry VIII, published by William Richardson - NPG D23868

Prince Henry aftwerwards King Henry VIII

published by William Richardson
stipple and line engraving, published 1810
NPG D23868

King Henry VIII, published for Rudolph Ackermann - NPG D24934

King Henry VIII

published for Rudolph Ackermann
hand-coloured stipple and aquatint engraving, 1814-1815
NPG D24934

King Henry VIII, by William Pengree Sherlock, published by  James Anthony Molteno, after  Hans Holbein the Younger - NPG D24159

King Henry VIII

by William Pengree Sherlock, published by James Anthony Molteno, after Hans Holbein the Younger
stipple engraving, published 10 March 1817
NPG D24159

King Henry VIII, by Henry Bone, after  Unknown artist - NPG D17515

King Henry VIII

by Henry Bone, after Unknown artist
pencil drawing squared in ink for transfer, 10 August 1822
NPG D17515

King Henry VIII and Sir Thomas More, by John Shury - NPG D24308

King Henry VIII and Sir Thomas More

by John Shury
line engraving, published 1825
NPG D24308

King Henry VIII, by William Thomas Fry, published by  Harding & Lepard, after  Hans Holbein the Younger - NPG D14929

King Henry VIII

by William Thomas Fry, published by Harding & Lepard, after Hans Holbein the Younger
stipple engraving, published 1 December 1836
NPG D14929

Anne Boleyn; King Henry VIII, by Staffordshire Potteries - NPG D48089

Anne Boleyn; King Henry VIII

by Staffordshire Potteries
coloured and glazed earthenware, circa 1850s
NPG D48089

'Statues in the New Palace at Westminster', published by Illustrated London News - NPG D47365

'Statues in the New Palace at Westminster'

published by Illustrated London News
wood engraving, published 10 February 1855
NPG D47365

King Henry VIII, after Unknown artist - NPG D24152

King Henry VIII

after Unknown artist
line block, late 19th century
NPG D24152

King Henry VIII, by Robert Jacob Hamerton, published by  Metzler & Co - NPG D42827

King Henry VIII

by Robert Jacob Hamerton, published by Metzler & Co
chromolithograph, 1870
NPG D42827

King Henry VIII, published by John Player & Sons, after  Unknown artist - NPG D48131

King Henry VIII

published by John Player & Sons, after Unknown artist
colour relief halftone cigarette card, 1935
NPG D48131

'King Henry VIII and his Six Wives', designed by William K. Harper, manufactured by  Doulton & Co Ltd - NPG D48093

'King Henry VIII and his Six Wives'

designed by William K. Harper, manufactured by Doulton & Co Ltd
coloured and glazed earthenware, 1990
NPG D48093

King Henry VIII, after Unknown artist - NPG D24167

King Henry VIII

after Unknown artist
etching
NPG D24167

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King Henry VIII

published by Timothy Jordan, after Hans Holbein the Younger
mezzotint, circa 1710-1720
NPG D18767

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King Henry VIII

by Johann David Schleuen
line engraving, circa 1740-1774
NPG D19491

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King Henry VIII

by Richard Houston, published by Elizabeth Bakewell, published by Henry Parker
mezzotint, circa 1750-1775
NPG D18722

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King Henry VIII

by John Faber Jr, published by John Bowles, after Hans Holbein the Younger
mezzotint, published circa 1750-1775
NPG D19955

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