After Hans Holbein the Younger About 1497–1543

King Henry VIII

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Artist

After Hans Holbein the Younger About 1497–1543

Title

King Henry VIII

Date

About 1560

Medium

Oil on wood panel

Dimensions

h x w: 982 x 725 mm

Reference

CVCSC:0192.B

Collection

British Portraits

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This portrait is a version of the last official portrait painted of Henry VIII, (reigned 1509-47). The King employed court painters to fulfil the many demands for his likeness and used these images as a propaganda tool to inspire loyalty and devotion in his subjects. Holbein’s original painting was copied many times, and the demand for images of Henry VIII lasted well beyond his reign: this version dates from the reign of Queen Elizabeth I (reigned 1558-1603) and would have been designed to assert the legitimacy of the Protestant succession.

After Hans Holbein the Younger King Henry VIII About 1560 © Compton Verney