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Hans Holbein the Younger (1497/8-1543)

Edward, Prince of Wales (1537-1553) 1538

RCIN 912200

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This drawing of Edward (1537 – 1553), Henry VIII’s only legitimate son, was taken when he was just a year old. It was made in preparation for a painted portrait of the Prince which was presented by Holbein to Henry VIII as a New Year’s gift in 1539. Edward’s birth secured the succession of the Tudor dynasty. On Henry VIII’s death in 1547 he succeeded to the throne as Edward VI.