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FDA-P.40-2010

Parts

Object number

FDA-P.40-2010

Object type

Identification

Title

The Founder, King Henry VI

Title Type

assigned by cataloguer

Comments

Known as the 'Founder's portrait'.

A reference in the Eton College Audit Book, 1606-7 to one of the early portraits of Henry VI (referenced in Maxwell Lyte's 'Hist of Eton College', 1911, p. 185) reads ‘For an ell of greene taffitie to drawe before the founder’s picture in the librarie, 12s. 6d.’

Description

Content (person)

Content (note)

In black tunic, fur-trimmed coat, black cap, wearing linked SS collar of the Lancastrian order, with coats-of-arms of Eton and King's Colleges

Dimensions

height (sight size): 745mm
width (sight size): 530mm
height (frame): 920mm
width (frame): 7205mm

Inscription

With inscription, 'Henricus Sextus Fundator'

Physical description

19th-century carved gilded frame surmounted by crown

Style

British School 16th Century

Production

Person

Unknown (Artist)

Date

c.1590-1620

History and association

Associated object

FDA-P.240-2010 (copy after original)

Object history note

Exhibited: 'Art Treasures Exhibition', Manchester, 1857, catalogue number 875; Portrait Exhibition, South Kensington Museum, London, 1866; 'Henry VI', Verey Gallery, Eton College, 20 November 2021 to 8 May 2022

References

• Ian Tyers, 'The Tree-Ring Analysis of 10 Panel Paintings at Eton College', Dendrochronology Consultancy Ltd, Report 158, June 2009 (p.16)
• Cole, B. ed., 'Eton Collections Review'1, April 2007 (pp. 36-50)
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