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Portrait of King Edward VI (1537-1553) 1590c.

The Sheldon Master 

Portrait of King Edward VI (1537-1553), The Sheldon Master
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Oil on Panel
16th Century
33 1/2 x 21 /12 inches 85.1 x 54.6 cm
 
Provenance:
Commissioned by Ralph Sheldon (1537-1613) of Weston; by family descent to his great-great-great-grandson William Sheldon (d.1780) of Weston Park, Long Compton, Warwickshire; Weston Park sale , Christie and Ansell September 3rd 1781; Mr and Mrs E.J. de Tracy-Kelly, Audley House School, Chesterton, Bicester, Oxon.; Audley House School sale, Mallams, April 25th 1995.
Literature:
Vertue Notebooks vol.IV Walpole Society vol.XXIV 1936 p.140; Horace Walpole''s Journal of Visits to Country Seats Walpole Society vol.XVI 1928 p.62
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This painting was commissioned by Ralph Sheldon (1537-1613), an educated and cultured tapestry manufacturer from Warwickshire. It formed part of a series of portraits of English monarchs, beginning with King Henry V and ending with Edward VI. Sheldon displayed these portraits in the Long Gallery of Weston Hall, which, with a length of 160 feet, was impressive for a country gentleman's house of the time.

The artist of the series remains unknown, although his distinct hand is recognised by the title of ''The Sheldon Master''. Other examples from this series include a Portrait of King Richard III, formerly in the Berger Collection, Denver USA, and the Portrait of Cardinal Wolsey in the collection of the National Portrait Gallery.
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