King Henry VIII
circa 1535-circa 1540
1530s - 1550s
circa 1535-circa 1540
oil on oak panel
54.5 x 41.3 x 1.2 cm panel (including two added strips at the right side of respectively 3.6 and 3.1 cm and a balsa backing of 0.7 cm depth); 69.4 x 55.2 x 6.4 cm frame
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Shown in 2 exhibitions
5th Earl of Gosford, pre 16 Feb 1945, Northern Ireland, Sold by him, Christie's London, 16 Feb 1945, no 144 (as Holbein). Provenance noted in the auction catalogue ('property of the Rt. Hon. The Earl of Gosford).
Vokins, 16 Feb 1945-1946, London/England, Purchased at Christie's London, 16 Feb 1945, for 115 gns. Provenance annotated in the auction catalogue ('Vokins').
Paul Larsen, 1946, Illustrated on a Larsen advertisement in the 'Art News Annual' 1945–46, p 158.
P & D Colnaghi and Co, 1948, London/England, Recorded in Roy Strong's letter dated 20 Nov 1962 to the AGNSW: 'seen again at Colnaghi's, the art dealer, in 1948'. According to a note in the Witt Library, Courtauld Institute of Art, London, the picture was offered to Colnaghi's in Dec 1947 'through E Hill-Cole'.
Sotheby's London, 22 Feb 1961, London/England, Purchased by the AGNSW from Sotheby's London, 22 February 1961, lot 138, as Jan van Scorel. Received 28 September 1962.
Referenced in 38 publications
Art Gallery of New South Wales, 1962 Acquisitions, Sydney, 1963, p 27, no 37.
Erna Auerbach, Tudor artists: a study of painters in the Royal service and of portraiture on illuminated documents from the accession of Henry VIII to the death of Elizabeth I, London, 1954, p 45, note 7.
Charlotte Bolland and Tarnya Cooper, The real Tudors: Kings and Queens rediscovered, London, 2014, p 48, col illus p 49.
Mark Chapman, Anglicanism: a very short introduction, Oxford, 2006, illus p 16.
Sarah Couper, Look, ‘Studio visit – Inside the Blue Mountains studio of Gallery framer David Butler’, Sydney, Sep 2017-Oct 2017, pp 64–68: p 68.
Paula Dredge, Applied Physics A, Materials, Science & Processing, vol 121, no 3, 'Mapping Henry: Synchroton-sourced X-ray fluorescence mapping and ultra-high-definition scanning of an early Tudor portrait of Henry VIII', Nov 2015, pp 789–800, col illus p 790.
Jill A Franklin, Pamela Tudor-Craig and Bernard Nurse, Catalogue of paintings in the collection of the Society of Antiquaries of London, Turnhout, 2015, p 93, col illus p 93, comp fig 12.3.
Renée Free, Art Gallery of New South Wales catalogue of British paintings, Sydney, 1987, p 216, illus p 216.
Inspiringnsw2017, Inspiring Australia, 'Inside Henry VIII', 01 Jul 2018. https://inspiringnsw.org.au/2018/07/01/inside-henry-viii/. Consulted 28 Sep 2018
Simon Ives, Look, 'Under the skin', Sydney, May 2018-Jun 2018, pp 34–37, col illus pp 5 (detail), 34, 35, 37 (detail).
Simon Ives, AICCM National Newsletter no 142, 'H8VR: Digital Renaissance', Jun 2018. https://aiccm.org.au/national-news/h8vr-digital-renaissance. Consulted on 28 Sep 2018
Sarah Knapton, The Daily Telegraph, 'Tree ring dating reveals Henry VIII portrait was painted at time of Anne Boleyn scandal', London, 14 Aug 2018.
Christopher Lissa, Sydney Morning Herald, 'Virtual Reality takes theatregoers on a Ghost Train ride at the Sydney Festival', 05 Jan 2018.
Larissa Mavros, UNSW Newsroom, 'Henry VIII emerges from the shadows for new exhibition', Sydney, 23 May 2018. http://newsroom.unsw.edu.au/news/art-architecture-design/henry-viii-emerges-shadows-new-exhibition. Consulted on 28 May 2018
Hal Missingham (Editor), Art Gallery of New South Wales Quarterly, vol 4, no 3, Sydney, Apr 1963, p 143, illus p 143.
Linda Morris, Sydney Morning Herald, 'Art Gallery receives boost from million-dollar club', Sydney, 27 Jun 2018. https://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/art-and-design/art-gallery-receives-boost-from-million-dollar-club-20180627-p4znzh.html. Consulted on 28 Sep 2018
Sally Pryor, The Canberra Times, 'ANU researcher dates ancient Henry VIII portrait back to 1525', Canberra, 18 Aug 2018.
John Saxby (Editor), Look, 'Bewitched, begoggled and bewildered', Sydney, Jul 2018-Aug 2018, p 16.
Sir Roy Colin Strong, Tudor and Jacobean portraits, National Portrait Gallery, 2 vols, vol 1, United Kingdom, 1969, p 159.
Peter Tomory and Robert Gaston, European Paintings before 1800 in Australian and New Zealand public collections, Sydney, 1989, p 115, no 350, illus p 115.
Project Team Henry VIII, Art Stuff, 'Who painted Henry?', Sydney, 30 Aug 2018. https://www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/blog/posts/who-painted-henry/. Consulted on 28 Sep 2018
Project Team Henry VIII, Art Stuff, 'The not-so-young Henrys', Sydney, 08 Jun 2018. https://www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/blog/posts/not-so-young-henrys/. Consulted on 28 Sep 2018
Project Team Henry VIII, Art Stuff, 'Restoring Henry VIII', Sydney, 24 Jul 2018. https://www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/blog/posts/restoring-henry/. Consulted on 28 Sep 2018
Project Team Henry VIII, Art Stuff, 'Signs of the Cast Shadow Master', Sydney, 25 Jun 2018. https://www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/blog/posts/cast-shadow-master/. Consulted on 28 Sep 2018
Project Team Henry VIII, Art Stuff, 'Sharing your image, Tudor style', Sydney, 14 Jun 2018. https://www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/blog/posts/sharing-your-image-tudor-style/. Consulted on 28 Sep 2018
Project Team Henry VIII, Art Stuff, 'Dendrochronologists do it with trees', Sydney, 09 Jul 2018. https://www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/blog/posts/dendrochronologists/. Consulted on 28 Sep 2018
Project Team Henry VIII, Art Stuff, 'Making a Tudor frame', Sydney, 09 Aug 2018. https://www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/blog/posts/making-a-tudor-frame/. Consulted on 28 Sep 2018
Andrew Yip, Look, 'Regarding Henry', Sydney, May 2018-Jun 2018, pp 38–39.
Art News Annual, 1945-1946, illus p 158. Paul Larsen advertisement.
Catalogue of ancient and modern pictures and drawings..., London, 16 Feb 1945, p 12, no 114. As 'Holbein'. 'The above is the property of the Rt. Hon. The Earl of Gosford'.
ANU Newsroom, 'ANU academic uses new method to date Henry VIII portrait', Canberra, 16 Aug 2018. https://science.anu.edu.au/news-events/news/anu-academic-uses-new-method-date-henry-viii-portrait. Consulted on 28 Sep 2018
AGNSW archive Acq 4/1961, 07 Nov 1961.
Trustees minutes 1962, 1962, pp 5137 (23 Mar), 5144–45 (27 Apr), 5190 (28 Sep).
Catalogue of old master drawings and paintings, London, 22 Feb 1961, p 25, no 138. As 'Scorel'.
Trustees' minutes 1961, 1961, p 4997 (24 Mar). Correspondence from Mr Christopher Norris stating he had purchased 'a bust portrait of Henry VIII from the Wemyss collection; on green ground, and not a Holbein composition'.
UNSW Art & Design, 'Groundbreaking Henry VR exhibition at AGNSW', 15 May 2018. https://artdesign.unsw.edu.au/whats-on/news/groundbreaking-henry-vr-exhibition-agnsw. Consulted 28 Sep 2018