|Elizabeth of York, Queen consort of England|
|King Henry VII Tudor|
These portraits of Henry VII and Elizabeth of York appear to have been adapted from existing images in the Royal Collection. There was an increased awareness and interest in the history of the monarchy in England in the early eighteenth century resulting in a demand for portrait of Kings and Queens - part of a mood of antiquarianism that reached its apotheosis with Walpole's collection at Strawberry Hill and Beckford's at Fonthill, in which paintings and works of art were housed in these deliberately historicised contexts. Vertue used the same two prototypes for his 1732 engraving of Henry and Elizabeth for the folio edition of Rapin and Tindal's History of England.
* J. Douglas Stewart, Sir Godfrey Kneller and the English Baroque Portrait, 1983, Nos. 9-ll, p.89.
* Philip Mould Ltd, 29 Dover Street, London, W1S 4NA.