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Henry VIII

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Henry VIII (1491-1547).
© National Maritime Museum, London
Repro ID: BHC2763
Description: A half-length full face portrait of Henry VIII in a gold doublet, embroidered and slashed, a black bejewelled hat with a white feather and jewels, and a red coat with fur trimming. Around his neck, he wears a pendant depicting George and the dragon - a nationalistic motif. The king is shown with a shaven head and beard, innovations he adopted in May 1535 in imitation of Francis I of France. The careful and elaborate painting of the gemmed costume and jewellery underscores Henry's passions for such ornaments, and demonstrates Henry's status and power.
Creator: Studio of Hans Holbein
Date: c. 1535
Credit line: National Maritime Museum, London
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