King Edward VI
King Edward VI
by Workshop associated with 'Master John'
oil on panel, circa 1547
61 1/4 in. x 32 in. (1556 mm x 813 mm)
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Edward's wide-legged pose mimics that of his father Henry VIII in the Whitehall Cartoon. X-ray analysis has revealed that originally he had an even wider stance but the artist altered the position of Edward's right foot during the painting process, possibly because the pose may have looked strange for such a young boy. The coat of arms was also added late in the painting process, which may indicate that the portrait was begun while Edward was prince and completed after he became king.
Linked publicationsback to top
- I-Spy National Portrait Gallery, 2010, p. 7
- National Portrait Gallery: 100 Portraits, 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. 76
- 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), pp. 88-93
- Cannadine, Sir David (Introduction); Cooper, Tarnya; Stewart, Louise; MacGibbon, Rab; Cox, Paul; Peltz, Lucy; Moorhouse, Paul; Broadley, Rosie; Jascot-Gill, Sabina ., Tudors to Windsors: British Royal Portraits, 2018 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas, USA, 7 October 2018 -3 February 2019. Bendigo Art Gallery, Australia, 16 March - 14 July 2019.), p. 43
- Clare Gittings, The National Portrait Gallery Book of Elizabeth I, 2006, p. 4
- Gittings, Clare, The National Portrait Gallery Book of The Tudors, 2006, p. 15
- MacLeod, Catharine, Tudor Portraits in the National Portrait Gallery Collection, 1996, p. 19
- Ribeiro, Aileen, The Gallery of Fashion, 2000, p. 36
- Ribeiro, Aileen; Blackman, Cally, A Portrait of Fashion: Six Centuries of Dress at the National Portrait Gallery, 2015, p. 47
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 195
- Various contributors, National Portrait Gallery: A Portrait of Britain, 2014, p. 39
- Williamson, David, Kings and Queens, 2010, p. 93
- Williamson, David, The National Portrait Gallery: History of the Kings and Queens of England, 1998, p. 93
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)
Subjects & Themesback to top
Events of 1547back to top
Current affairsDeath of King Henry VIII and the coronation of King Edward VI, aged nine. Edward Seymour, Duke of Somerset is appointed Lord Protector.
Parliament repeals the Act of Six Articles of Religion, 1539. The English Reformation becomes more Protestant.
The Abolition of Chantries Acts (1545 and 1547) dissolve over 2,000 chapels which had held masses for the dead.
Art and scienceThe Book of Homilies is published to promote preaching in English.
Full-length portrait of King Edward VI is painted the Dutch artist William Scrots.
Somerset House is constructed in London for Edward Seymour, Duke of Somerset.
InternationalThe Battle of Mühlberg - the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V defeats the Protestant Schmalkaldic League.
Death of Francis I of France and accession of Henri II.
Coronation of Ivan IV of Russia (the Terrible), the first ruler of Russia to assume the title Tsar.
See this portrait
On display in Room 1 at the National Portrait Gallery
- Making History: Printed Portraiture in Tudor and Stuart Britain
- WebQuest: Henry VIII's Next Wife?
- Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Art Conservation Project
- Kings and Queens: A Family tree
- Duplicate of Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Art Conservation Project
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- Edward VI
- Paint analysis as a tool for understanding artistic process
- English Workshops: work in progress on 'Master John' & other 1540s native painters
- Tudor pick up guides