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Lucas Horenbout (c. 1490/5-1544)

Henry VIII (1491-1547) June 1526-June 1527

RCIN 420010

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Portrait miniatures such as this were initially developed to meet the demand for portable, dynastic images to serve as prized diplomatic gifts. A miniature of Henry VIII and one of his daughters, Princess Mary, was given to Francis I, King of France, in exchange for two miniatures of Francis I’s sons, which were sent to Henry VIII in the autumn of 1526.