Hans Holbein

Henry VIII.

Engraving, undated
Image size 8 x 5" (205 x 128 mm)
Good condition, some foxing.
LOCATION: New York City

Inventory Number: 91516
Price: $75.00
Publisher :
Engraved by William Camden Edwards (1777 – 1855), a Welsh engraver, after Hans Holbein, the Younger (1497 – 1543). Depicted below the portrait is a scene from an event which became known as “The Field of the Cloth of Gold.” The Field of the Cloth of Gold (French: Camp du Drap d'Or) was a site in Balinghem – between Ardres in France and Guînes in the then-English Pale of Calais – that hosted a meeting from June 7th to 24th, 1520 between King Henry VIII of England and King Francis I of France. The meeting was arranged to increase the bond of friendship between the two kings following the Anglo-French treaty of 1514. Although the political purpose of the meeting didn’t amount to much in the overall scheme of things in early 16th century Europe, the glamour and extravagance displayed at the meeting exemplify the power and grandeur of Renaissance royalty. 18th-19th Century Subjects , Portraits , Political Figures