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Henry II

British SchoolBefore 1626

Dulwich Picture Gallery

Dulwich Picture Gallery

DPG521-536 (and possibly After De Critz DPG384), one of sixteen or seventeen portraits surviving from a set of twenty-six assembled by Edward Alleyn in four batches from 1618 to 1620. These may well have been acquired, like Alleyn's similar set of Sibyls (British School DPG537-45), from 'Mr Gibkyn'. The images of the earlier Kings (from William Rufus to Henry IV) seem to be taken from the engravings of R. Elstrack in H. Holland's 'Baziliwlogia, a Booke of Kings', 1618.

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  • Title: Henry II
  • Date: Before 1626
  • Physical Dimensions: w419 x h575 cm
  • Type: Painting
  • Medium: Oil
  • Work Nationality: British
  • Support: Oak panel
  • School: British School
  • Provenance: Alleyn Bequest, 1626.
  • Inscriptions: centre left: 'HENRY II.'
  • Acquisition Method: Alleyn, Edward (Bequest, 1626)

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