London, South Kensington
25 April 2007
THE PROPERTY OF A NOBLEMAN (LOTS 101, 125 AND 156)
English School, 17th Century
Portrait of King Henry VII (1457-1509), bust-length, in a fur-trimmed cloak and a black cap
inscribed 'HENRY. 7.' (upper left)
oil on panel
22¾ x 17¼ in. (57.7 x 36.2 cm.)
Alfred Morrison, M.P. (1821-1897), Fonthill House, Tisbury, Wiltshire, and by descent to the present owner.
Alfred Morrsion was the second son of James Morrison, M.P. (d.1857) of Balham Hill, London, and Basildon Park, Berkshire. The son of an innkeeper in Hampshire, James Morrison had made his fortune in London, first in habedashery and then in banking. A distinguished connoisseur, he formed a remarkable collection of British and Old Master pictures, including a number of historic portraits.
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This portrait type derives from Holbein's great wall-painting in the Privy Chamber of Whitehall Palace (finished in 1537). The mural was destroyed in the Whitehall Palace fire of 1698, but is known from two mid-17th Century copies by Leemput (Royal Collection and Petworth House). 'Long Gallery sets' of the Kings and Queens of England were popular in the 17th Century.
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