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London

National Portrait Gallery

Exhibition Detail
Double Take: Versions and Copies of Tudor Portraits
St Martin's Place
London WC2H 0HE
United Kingdom


June 26th, 2012 - September 9th, 2012
Opening: 
June 26th, 2012 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
 
William Warham after Hans Holbein the Younger  , William Warham after Hans Holbein the Younger ,
early 17th century (1527) NPG 2094
© Courtesy of National Portrait Gallery
Portrait of William Warham, Lambeth Palace, Portrait of William Warham, Lambeth Palace
© By kind permission of the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Church Commissioners
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This display brings together five pairs of near identical portraits in order to explore how and why multiple versions and copies of portraits were made in the sixteenth century. Portraits of prominent Tudor sitters from the Gallery’s collection: Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn, Archbishop William Warham, the merchant Thomas Gresham and Lord Treasurer Thomas Sackville, are paired with portraits that have been generously loaned from other collections.

These portraits were produced to satisfy a demand for images of monarchs and prominent courtiers that often lasted long after the sitter’s death. Technical analysis undertaken as part of the Making Art in Tudor Britain project has used dendrochronology, infrared reflectography, x-radiography and photomicroscopy to explore the process by which these works were made and to discover which are contemporary versions of portraits, and which are later copies.


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