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Study of a Historical Scene Showing Henry VIII and His Courtiers

Photo credit: Manchester Art Gallery

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The scene is set outdoors, of figures on a lawn. Henry VIII is dressed in regal tudor costume, and is stood in the centre foreround facing to the right, gesturing towards a male figure dressed in a brown jacket whose head is bowed. A female figure (one of his wives?) is stood to the right of the central figure, clutching the sleeve of his jacket and looking up at him. A crowd of courtiers and spectators (whose faces are painted unclearly) stand behind him to the left. Dense trees and buildings fill the background in the top half of the painting.

Manchester Art Gallery



Study of a Historical Scene Showing Henry VIII and His Courtiers




oil & gum arabic on paper


H 24.1 x W 36 cm

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Acquisition method

gift from Mr F. E. Simpson, 1983

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Inscription description

s (blc): PHC [mon]


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