Historical Portraits Picture Archive

Portrait of William the Conqueror 1027-87 1500s

 English School 

Portrait of William the Conqueror 1027-87,  English School
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Oil on oak panel
16th Century
 
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This sixteenth century portrait of William the Conqueror is of course an imaginative suggestion of the qualities and the appearance of England''s first Norman King. It would probably have appeared in a sequence of Kings gracing the long gallery of a great man's house, since in this century painted sets of kings, worthies and ancestors first began to be part of the integral decorative scheme of the Great House, fulfilling the Tudor need for order, legitimacy and lineage and paving the way for the modern picture gallery.
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