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Title

King Henry VIII

circa 1535-circa 1540


Artist

Anglo-Netherlandish workshop

England

1530s - 1550s


Details


Date

circa 1535-circa 1540


Media category

Painting


Materials used

oil on oak panel


Dimensions

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.


Credit

Purchased 1961


Accession number

OB4.1962


Artist information

Anglo-Netherlandish workshop

Works in the collection

1


Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history


  • Acquisitions 1962, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 10 Apr 1963–12 May 1963

  • Henry VR, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 12 May 2018–09 Sep 2018


Provenance


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 37 publications

Bibliography


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.

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.

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

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.

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, '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, '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, '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, '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

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

Andrew Yip, Andrew Yip, 'Henry VR – Art Gallery of NSW', May 2018. http://www.andrewyip.org/?p=2144. Consulted on 28 May 2018

Andrew Yip, Look, 'Regarding Henry', Sydney, May 2018-Jun 2018, pp 38–39.

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.

The real Tudors: Kings and Queens rediscovered, London, 2014, p 48, col illus p 49.

National Portrait Gallery website, Tudor and Jacobean portraits database, NPG1376. https://www.npg.org.uk/collections/search/portraitConservation/mw03084/King-Henry-VIII?

Anglicanism: a very short introduction, Oxford, 2006, illus p 16.

European Paintings before 1800 in Australian and New Zealand public collections, Sydney, 1989, p 115, no 350, illus p 115.

Art Gallery of New South Wales catalogue of British paintings, Sydney, 1987, p 216, illus p 216.

Tudor and Jacobean portraits, National Portrait Gallery, 2 vols, vol 1, United Kingdom, 1969, p 159.

1962 Acquisitions, Sydney, 1963, p 27, no 37.

Art Gallery of New South Wales Quarterly, vol 4, no 3, Sydney, Apr 1963, p 143, illus p 143.

Trustees minutes 1962, 1962, pp 5137 (23 Mar), 5144–45 (27 Apr), 5190 (28 Sep).

AGNSW archive Acq 4/1961, 07 Nov 1961.

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'.

Catalogue of old master drawings and paintings, London, 22 Feb 1961, p 25, no 138. As 'Scorel'.

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.

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

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

Look, 'Bewitched, begoggled and bewildered', Sydney, Jul 2018-Aug 2018, p 16.