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A Description Of Nine Historical Prints, Representing Kings, Queens, Princes, &c. Of The Tudor Family. Selected, Drawn, and Engraved, From The Original Paintings, By George Vertue, Late Engraver to the Society of Antiquaries of London.

RA Collection: Book

Record number



[London:]: Republished By The Society,, MDCCLXXVI.

Physical Description

21, [1] p., 9 dble. pl.; 548 mm. (Folio.)


[T.p., list of pl.] - [ 'Accounts of these Pictures'] - [Plates].

Responsibility Note

Five plates name the source-artist. All are signed as engraved, or drawn and engraved, by George Vertue.


ESTC, T31679
S. Buck, Holbein am Hofe Heinrichs VIII (1997)
C. LLoyd and S. Thurley, Henry VIII: images of a Tudor king [exhibition catalogue] (1990)
R.A. Griffiths and R.S. Thomas, The making of the Tudor dynasty (1985; R 1993)
Holbein and the court of Henry VIII [exhibition catalogue] (1978).

Summary Note

Several plates carry publication-dates - of 1742 (pl. 8, 9), 1748 (pl. 2-5) or 1750 (pl.6).

The plates are listed on the verso of the title page as portraits of: 1. King Henry VII and his Queen Elizabeth; King Henry VIII and his Queen Jane Seymour; 2. Arthur, Henry and Margaret, children of Henry VII; 3. Mary Queen of France, sister of Henry VIII and her second husband Charles Brandon; 4. their daughter, Frances, Duchess of Suffolk and her second husband Adrian Stock; 5. Lady Jane Gray; 6. Edward VI; 7. the cenotaph of Henry Lord Darnley; 8. battle of Carbery Hill; 9. Queen Elizabeth.

Two of the portraits are stated to be by Hans Holbein (pl. 1, 6); one by John Maubeugius [Jan Gossaert] (pl. 2); one by Lucas de Heere (pl. 4); one by 'Levinus Venetianus' (pl. 7). The rest are by unnamed painters.

Binding Note

20th-century half calf, 19th-century green cloth-covered boards; black morocco spine-labels lettered 'Nine Historical Prints Relating To The Tudor Family', spine lettered 'R.A.'

Name as Subject


Rulers - Kings - Great Britain - 16th century
Paintings - Portraits - Great Britain - 16th century
Pictorial works - Great Britain - 18th century


George Vertue, draughtsman, engraver
Hans Holbein the younger, source artist
Jan Gossaert, source artist
Lucas de Heere, source artist
Society of Antiquaries of London, publisher