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Lucas Horenbout (c. 1490/5-1544)

Henry Fitzroy, Duke of Richmond and Somerset (1519-1536) c.1533-4

RCIN 420019

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Henry Fitzroy was the favoured illegitimate son of Henry VIII. Instead of depicting Fitzroy as a confident, wealthy and quasiroyal youth, this intimate portrait shows him in a state of undress, wearing a nightcap and shirt. This unusual presentation suggests his vulnerability and may reflect his terminal ill health.