Portraits of a Boy King: Edward VI (1537-53)
Lecture | The Society of Antiquaruies of London
Monday 7 November 2011 - 14:30 until 16:00
This is the fouth lecture of the series held at the Society of Antiqauries of London throughout winter 2011.
When Henry VIII dies in 1547, he was succeeded as King of England by his young son, Edward VI (1537-53). Devoutly Protestant, Edward was greatly to advance the progress of the English Reformation, before his early death at the age of 15.
Although his life was so short, many portraits of Edward survive today.
Some are unique images, but many derive from a handful of different prototypes. Together they are evidence of immense contemporary interest in Henry's long-awaited male heir. Other portraits meanwhile date from later in the 16th century, when Elizabethans looked back to Edward as a key figure in the establishment of the Reformation.
This lecture will examine some of the most important images of Edward, and consider the contexts in which they are likely to have been produced.