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King Edward I

by Unknown artist
oil on panel, 1597-1618
22 7/8 in. x 17 3/4 in. (580 mm x 450 mm) uneven
Purchased, 1974
Primary Collection
NPG 4980(6)

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  • King Edward I (1239-1307), Reigned 1272-1307. Sitter associated with 25 portraits.

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This painting, inscribed with the name 'Edvardvus', was acquired as a portrait of Edward II . However the facial characteristics and costume conform to the facial type used for Henry III.

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Current affairs

Philip II of Spain launches another armada against England. As in 1588, the fleet is dispersed by a storm, which is celebrated as divine intervention.
Robert Devereux, Earl of Essex is made Earl Marshall.
Charles Howard, Baron Howard of Effingham is created Earl of Nottingham.
King James VI of Scotland (later James I of England) publishes Daemonologie, an attack on witchcraft that incites a fever for witch-hunts.

Art and science

William Shakespeare writes The Merchant of Venice.
The musician John Dowland publishes The First Booke of Songes or Ayres, the most successful music publication of the period.

International

Philip II of Spain opens peace negotiations with Henry IV of France after his army in the Spanish Netherlands fails to defeat the forces of France or the Protestant United Provinces of the northern Netherlands.
The Japanese ruler Toyotomi Hideyoshi launches a second invasion of Korea.

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Howard Jones

10 April 2021, 21:47

A chronicle from the reign of Edward I stated that both Henry III and his son suffered from a ptosis of the eye which means that they had a drooping eyelid or partial paralysis of the eyelid. Presumably this portrait is copied from an earlier original portrait picturing the condition. It was noted that for Edward the paralysis affected his left eye. The chronicler did not say which of his father's eyes was affected. I believe this portrait shows King Henry III.

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