Awhile back I compiled all the portraits of King Henry VIII that I could find, but this portrait was not among my finding. Recently I’ve become a member of a website that offers some unique portraits, sometimes I’ve even questioned whether or not it’s possible that they are labeled incorrectly. So…keeping that in mind, let us take a look at this portrait and how it is labeled. I will also compare it to other portraits of Henry to see if we can find similarities.
Here is a comparison of portraits – the first one is Henry at the very beginning of his reign when he was only eighteen years old, then we have the newly discovered one which is labeled as “early reign” and one from later in life. I definitely see some similarities but I’m not 100% certain that this portrait is labeled correctly. The hat he is wearing in the new portrait definitely resembles something Henry would wear but the cross he wears around his neck does not seem consistent with other portraits of the King.
Is this new portrait that of Henry VIII or incorrectly labeled as the King of England – only time will tell. What are your thoughts?
Note: After digging a bit deeper on this portrait I think I can now say that the portrait was painted around 1525 and this black and white image may be a picture of the portrait taken around 1920-1930 by Fratelli Alinari. Which would explain why it’s black and white. I have had one person say that the original was destroyed in WWII, which is completely plausible.