King Henry VII
2 of 66 portraits of King Henry VII
King Henry VII
by Elkington & Co, cast by Domenico Brucciani, after Pietro Torrigiano
electrotype, 1870, based on a work of circa 1512-1519
34 5/8 in. x 20 1/8 in. (880 mm x 510 mm) overall
Sitterback to top
- King Henry VII (1457-1509), Reigned 1485-1509. Sitter associated with 66 portraits.
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This electrotype is a copy from the upper part of the gilt bronze effigy of the king on the double tomb with his wife, Elizabeth of York, at Westminster Abbey. It is one of a series of electrotype reproductions of tomb effigies made for the National Portrait Gallery by Elkington & Co in the 1870s. An electrotype sculpture of this type is made by electro-deposition of copper onto a mould or cast of an object. The electrotype could then be patinated like bronze.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 296
- Strong, Roy, Tudor and Jacobean Portraits, 1969, p. 150
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Events of 1512back to top
Current affairsKing Henry VIII declares war on France. The English Fleet attacks villages on the French Coast and the port of Brest.
Art and scienceKing Henry VII's memorial chapel at Westminster Abbey is completed.
InternationalThe Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I joins Pope Julius II's Holy League against France. The French commander in Italy, Gaston de Foix, is killed at the Battle of Ravenna and French advances are arrested.
Poland and Russia go to war over control of White Russia (present-day Belarus).
See this portrait
On display on the Medieval stairs (South stairs) at the National Portrait Gallery