Henry VII and Elizabeth II Fridge Magnet Set

Henry VII and Elizabeth II Fridge Magnet Set

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A set of two magnets depicting the portraiture of two of the works of art on display at the National Maritime Museum in the new exhibition, Tudors to Windsors: British Royal Portraits. 

This Henry VII magnet features the famous portrait of the infamous monarch King Henry VIII, studio of Hans Holbein.

A half-length, full-face portrait in a gold doublet, embroidered and slashed, a black bejewelled hat with a white feather and jewels, and a red coat with fur trimming. Round his neck he wears a pendant depicting St George and the Dragon - a motif of national identity. Henry VIII, second son of Henry VII - the founder of the Tudor dynasty - was born in the medieval palace of Placentia at Greenwich, itself completely rebuilt as Greenwich Palace by his father during his childhood.

Magnet image © National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Caird Collection

The image on the Elizabeth II magnet is the photographic portrait Queen Elizabeth II, by Dorothy Wilding, hand-coloured by Beatrice Johnson.  

Wilding first photographed the Queen as a child in 1937, at the coronation of her father King George VI. She subsequently made portraits of the Queen on numerous significant occasions. To mark her accession in 1952, the Queen posed for Wilding fifty-nine times, wearing evening gowns by Norman Hartnell. Copies of the best images were sent to every embassy in the world, formed the basis of images on bank notes and appeared on millions of stamps.

Magnet image © William Hustler and Georgina Hustler / National Portrait Gallery, London

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Tudors to Windsors: Royal British Portraits will be at the National Maritime Museum 28 May - 31 Oct 2021. It will feature works by some of the most important artists to have worked in Britain, from court painters Sir Peter Lely and Sir Godfrey Kneller to photographers Cecil Beaton and Annie Leibovitz and artists such as Andy Warhol.

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