Historical Portraits Picture Archive

Portrait of King Henry VIII (1491-1547) 1540s

Hans Holbein, Follower of c.1497 - 1543

Portrait of King Henry VIII (1491-1547), Hans Holbein, Follower of
Oil on oak panel
16th Century
14 x 11 inches 36.2 x 27.9 cm
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This portrait of the King is one of a number of near-contemporary derivations from the King's portrait in the famous Whitehall Palace mural, executed by Holbein in 1536. The strength of this image, the sheer sense of majesty and physical power -which was said to make supplicants tremble as they waited to be ushered into the Royal presence- guaranteed its popularity for reproduction, both during the King's reign and then, as a mark of loyalty and continuity, in the successive reigns of his children, Edward, Mary and Elizabeth.

Unlike many versions of this portrait, executed towards the end on the sixteenth and beginning of the seventeenth centuries, the scale, pigment tone and characterisation date this example to the earliest phase of the corridor portrait phenomenon, c.1560-1575.
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