Who Is This?

This portrait of an unknown man hangs outside the Gallery at Hampton Court Palace. Who do you believe he is and why?

Let me know. Thanks!

8 responses to “Who Is This?”

  1. This is Edward VI as a man, as a king, as he wanted to be seen. The boy-King as a man-King, lost in plain sight. Edward has history of wearing red, of black and white patterned collars, and his facial feature proportions match other portraits of an older him.

    The view could well be a not-perfectly-accurate representation of standing at Glastonbury, ruins of the Abbey on the left, the most powerful religious place in England until his father’s reforms/destruction, and the twisting, silky green hillside, cliff-like at points, is the hill running away from Glastonbury Tor. So it is a significant English religious and political landscape that symbolised his mission and self-image.

    This portrait is a glimpse of, an artefact from, evidence of, a world we never had, an alternate history. Edward the Great.

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