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From Henry VIII to the Windsors: inside the power of the royal portrait

The exhibition, Tudors to Windsors: British Royal Portraits, takes visitors through the highs of the Tudor era, the lows of the Stuarts, all through the Georgians, the revolutionary Victorians, to the current royal family, the Windsors.

It was one of Holbein’s portraits of Henry VIII – a commanding, full-body portrait that was later lost, though copies of it still exist – that radically transformed what the royal portrait could be.


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