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Holbein at the Tudor Court

Mary Shelton, later Lady Heveningham (RCIN 912227)
Mary Shelton, later Lady Heveningham (RCIN 912227) ©

The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace

  • Next event: Thursday, 7 Mar 2024
    Every Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday (Friday, 10 Nov 2023 - Sunday, 14 Apr 2024)
  • Adult £19.00
    Young Person (18-24) £12.00
    Child (5-17) £9.50
    Disabled £9.50
    Access companion Free
    Under 5 Free
  • The Queen’s Gallery is becoming The King’s Gallery.
  • Adults, Groups (15+ people)
  • Consider visiting the Gallery in the afternoon as it may be a quieter time to visit.
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Explore the art of the image-maker of the Tudor court in this exciting new exhibition. 

Dazzling ★★★★★

Evening Standard

A wondrous show

The Sunday Times

Holbein’s evergreen drawings prove what an all-time great he was

The Telegraph

Holbein at the Tudor Court trailer ©

Hans Holbein was one of the most talented artists of the 16th century.  From his arrival in England in search of work he rose to royal favour, chosen to paint the portraits of Henry VIII, his family and leading figures, among them Anne Boleyn and Sir Thomas More. By his death, Holbein’s work was as admired by his contemporaries as it is today. His portraits inspired the next generation of artists in their depictions of Edward VI, Mary I and Elizabeth I.

This exhibition showcases one of the most important surviving collections of his work, and includes drawings, paintings, miniatures and book illustrations. Celebrating Holbein’s artistic skill, it explores the career of the artist and the lives of those who commissioned portraits from him, bringing us face-to-face with some of the most famous people of 16th-century England. 

Exhibition highlights

Hans Holbein the Younger (1497/8-1543)

Sir Thomas More (1478-1535)

Hans Holbein the Younger (1497/8-1543)

Mary Shelton, later Lady Heveningham (1510/15-1570/71)

Hans Holbein the Younger (1497/8-1543)

Henry Brandon, 2nd Duke of Suffolk (1535-1551)

Hans Holbein the Younger (1497/8-1543)

William Reskimer (?-1552)

Hans Holbein the Younger (1497/8-1543)

Queen Anne Boleyn (c.1500-1536)

Guido Mazzoni (d. 1518)

Head of a laughing boy

Previously attributed to Flemish School, 16th century

Elizabeth I when a Princess

After Hans Holbein the Younger (1497/8-1543)

Henry VIII (1491-1547)

Hans Holbein at the court of Henry VIII ©

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Map & directions

The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace, London, SW1A 1AA
By train

The nearest train stations are London Victoria (10 minute walk) or London Charing Cross (20 minute walk). 

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By underground

The nearest tube stations are Victoria, Green Park, St. James's Park and Hyde Park Corner (all approximately 10 minutes walk).  

For further information visit the Transport for London website.

By coach / bus

Bus numbers 11, 211, C1 and C10 stop on Buckingham Palace Road.  Victoria Coach Station is a 10-minute walk from the Palace.  

For further information visit the Transport for London website.