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George Vertue (1684-1756)

The Whitehall Mural 1737

RCIN 452658

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Holbein’s most important project for Henry VIII was the mural he painted at Whitehall Palace in 1537 to demonstrate the Tudor lineage. This showed the King and Jane Seymour, with Henry VII and Elizabeth of York. Henry’s confident pose became the most recognised image of the King. The mural was destroyed by fire in 1698, but had been copied by Remigius van Leemput for Charles II. This watercolour is a copy of Leemput’s painting.