Portraits

HENRY VIII


Painted by Hans Holbein


Look at the clothes and jewels he wears. They are richly embroidered, large and colourful.

What does this tell us?

He is a wealthy King.

Henry is facing us, with feet apart, his elbows out, showing is strong legs and wide chest.

What does this tell us?

Henry is very confident, strong and powerful.

Look at the dagger he is holding.

What does this tell us?

That he is brave and not afraid to fight.


EDWARD VI


Painted by an unknown artist 

Look at what Edward is wearing. His waistcoat is gold and embroidered, and his cloak is red and trimmed with fur.

What does this tell us?

He is from a wealthy family.

Look at the way Edward is standing, with one hand resting on his belt and the other holding a dagger. His large cloak also makes him look big.

What does this tell us?

That Edward is strong and brave.

Look at the window in the background.

What does this tell us?

That this is the kingdom he rules.


MARY I




Painted by an unknown artist

Look at what Mary is wearing. Her dress is dark red with a large white collar. The edges of her sleeves are embroidered. She is also wearing a lot of large jewels, including a cross.

What does this tell us?

Mary is rich and likes to show her wealth by wearing big jewels. The large cross around her neck tells us that religion is important to her.

Look at the red rose she is holding.

What does this tell us?

The red rose was a symbol of the house of Lancaster, who defeated the House of York in the Battle of Bosworth. This would suggest she is proud to be a Tudor.

Look at the way she is standing. She is standing and looking straight at the artist.

What does this tell us?

That she is very confident.


ELIZABETH I




Painted by unknown artist



Look at the detail on her dress and headdress. It is in a rich red colour, embroidered and trimmed with jewels. She is also wearing pearls around her neck.

What does this tell us?

Elizabeth is from a wealthy family.

Elizabeth is standing slightly to one side and looking at the artist.

What does this tell us?

Elizabeth is shy.

Elizabeth is holding a book and there is also a book in the background.

What does this tell us?

Elizabeth likes reading books and is well educated.





Painted by George Gower after the defeat of the Armada

Look at what Elizabeth is wearing. Her dress is embroidered with jewels and bows. She is wearing a large lace collar and pearls around her neck and hair. Next to her is a jewelled crown.

What does this tell us?

She is very wealthy and a queen.

Look at her hand resting on top of a globe of the world.

What does this tell us?

That Elizabeth has power over the world.

In the background is a picture of ships on the sea.

What does this tell us?

Elizabeth is proud of her English fleet of ships.