King Edward VI
1 of 7 portraits by William Scrots
King Edward VI
attributed to William Scrots
oil on panel, anamorphosis, 1546
16 3/4 in. x 63 in. (425 mm x 1600 mm)
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This portrait of Edward was painted when he was nine, a year before he became king. He is shown in distorted perspective (anamorphosis), a technique designed to display the virtuosity of the painter and amaze the spectator. When viewed from the right Edward can be seen in correct perspective. The portrait is recorded by numerous foreign visitors to Whitehall from the end of the sixteenth-century, it was sold from the royal collection in 1649 for £2.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Tudor Portraits Resource Pack, p. 20
- Audio Guide
- Bolland, Charlotte; Cooper, Tarnya, The Real Tudors: Kings and Queens Rediscovered, 2014 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 12th September 2014 to 1st March 2015), p. 72
- Christopher Lloyd; with an essay by Sir Oliver Millar., The Queen's pictures : royal collectors through the centuries, 1991, p. 29 figure 21
- Cooper, Tarnya, Searching for Shakespeare, 2006 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 2 March - 29 May 2006), p. 41
- Cooper, Tarnya, Searching for Shakespeare (hardback), 2006 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 2 March - 29 May 2006), p. 41
- Gittings, Clare, The National Portrait Gallery Book of The Tudors, 2006, p. 17
- MacLeod, Catharine, Tudor Portraits in the National Portrait Gallery Collection, 1996, p. 20
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 195
- Simon, Jacob, The Art of the Picture Frame: Artists, Patrons and the Framing of Portraits in Britain, 1997 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 8 November 1996 - 9 February 1997), p. 150
- Strong, Roy, Tudor and Jacobean Portraits, 1969, p. 88
- Various contributors, National Portrait Gallery: A Portrait of Britain, 2014, pp. 40 - 41
Linked displays and exhibitionsback to top
- The Real Tudors: Kings and Queens Rediscovered (12 September 2014 - 1 March 2015)
- Painting the Boy King: New Research on Portraits of Edward VI (24 May 2008 - 7 December 2008)
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Events of 1546back to top
Current affairsThe Treaty of Ardres ends England's war with France and Scotland. Francis I of France agrees to pay a large pension to King Henry VIII and his successors.
Henry VIII becomes seriously ill.
Art and scienceThe Dutch artist William Scrots paints Princess Edward (later King Edward VI) using an unusual and virtuoso technique of distorted perspective (anamorphosis).
King Henry VIII founds Trinity College, Cambridge.
InternationalThe German Protestant reformer Martin Luther dies while attempting to negotiate a peaceful resolution to the mounting tension between German Protestant and Catholic factions. The Schmalkaldic League of Protestant princes prepares for war against the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V.
See this portrait
On display in Room 2 at the National Portrait Gallery