Oil painting on canvas, King Edward VI (1537 - 1553), after Guillaume Scrots (fl.1537-1553). A half-length version of a full-length portrait by an Unknown artist in the National Portrait Gallery, circa 1547, after William Scrots, a Flemish artist who was employed by Henry VIII from 1545 and until 1553, of which the original version is in Royal Collection. This portrait differs in that it has a plain background.
He was the son of Henry VIII and Jane Seymour and succeeded his father, of whom this portrait mimics the forceful pose seen in Holbein's famous Whitehall Cartoon, on 28th January 1547, aged nine. He was dominated first by the Duke of Somerset as Lord Protector, and later by the Duke of Northumberland who attempted Edward to will the crown to his daughter-in-law Lady Jane Grey in order to ensure the Protestant succession. He died of tuberculosis shortly before his sixteenth birthday.
Bequeathed to the National Trust, along with the house, furniture and other contents collected by Sir Walter Jenner, 2nd Bt (1860 - 1948), in 1949.
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after Guillaume Scrots (fl.1537-1553)