This summer, Mayfair based old master dealer Philip Mould & Co will be taking part in Master Paintings Week London, exhibiting a selection of Royal Portraiture from Henry VIII up to William IV, selected by the “Fake or Fortune?” presenter Philip Mould, and his colleague Dr Bendor Grosvenor.
Highlights of the exhibition include a portrait of England’s most famous Tudor monarch, Henry VIII, c.1540, painted by a follower of Hans Holbein the Younger, (£25,000), as well as portraits of his children Edward VI (£950,000) and Elizabeth I (£350,000), pictured above, painted by their respective court artists.
Also on display will be an important portrait of Henry’s sixth and surviving wife – Katherine Parr(£55,000). There are only four recorded certainly known portraits of Katherine Parr that survive – ironic considering she was the foremost patron of portraiture in mid-Tudor England, and had commissioned at least a dozen portraits of herself.
The gallery will also be exhibiting a selection of intimate portrait miniatures, curated by specialist Emma Rutherford, including a portrait of the young Charles II painted when England was on the brink of Civil War, and a gold and enamel presentation bracelet with a portrait of William IV given as gift by the king himself. These royal miniatures were often personal possessions, secretly exchanged or presented as diplomatic gifts and tell the story of the monarchy from a new perspective.
These iconic images of our monarchs will be on display from 29 June to 6 July 2012.