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Purchased from Appleby Bros, William IV St., W.C.1, October, 1957, and presented to the Armouries by Mr. Rupert L. Joseph, 'of New York'. Formerly at Butleigh Court, Glastonbury, Somerset. Sold as the property of Captain Richard Neville at Christies, 5 April 1946, to a dealer called Berendt for 20 Guineas. It was then catalogued as: 'G.STREETES: Portrait of Henry VIII in grey dress, embroidered red cloak, with fur collar, wearing the Jewel and chain of the Garter - on panel - 41 in. by 34 in.'

Physical Description

Three-quarter length, facing and looking to the front, wearing a jewelled cap, grey slashed doublet, scarlet gown trimmed with brown fur; right hand holding gloves, wearing on left a ring enamelled with the Royal Arms. He wears a jewelled collar and a second collar with initial H...'s on it, from which is suspended the George.


Dimensions: 44.5 x 35.5 in (1130 x 900 mm), or (possibly including frame) Length: 129 mm; width: 106 mm; depth: 6 mm

Bibliographic References

G Rimer, T Richardson and J P D Cooper, Henry VIII: Arms and the Man, Leeds, 2009,p.160-161


According to a note signed by J.G.Mann and dated November 1957, in the file, it was cleaned by Appleby's restorer: 'when they got it, it was quite black, the jewels in the cap and the pillar behind the king's right shoulder were invisible. The cleaning....revealed a curious 'pendimento' (sic) of a baldric of pearls across the tunic from the left shoulder, but 'under' the slashing'.

This is one of the standard, late Holbeinesque portraits derived from the Whitehall Palace Privy Chamber wall-painting of 1537 (see Strong 'English Icon' (1969) pp.5, 98).