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English School portrait of King Edward VI, estimated at $30,000-$50,000 at Andrew Jones.

Boy-king Edward VI portrait comes for sale at Andrew Jones April 28-29

LOS ANGELES — A portrait of Edward VI, the Tudor monarch who reigned as a boy for just six years from 1547 to 1553, will be presented at Andrew Jones Auctions. Estimated at $30,000-$50,000, it is among the highlights of a single-owner collection from Pebble Beach, California offered on Sunday, April 28 and Monday, April 29.

As the male heir to the throne and the future of the Tudor dynasty, a number of portraits of Edward exist showing him as both the Prince of Wales and as a nine-year-old king. This image, depicting him wearing a black and gold embroidered doublet trimmed with ermine, copies a full-length portrait known in several versions that is associated with the workshop of the enigmatic court artist ‘Master John.’ Seemingly an Englishman, he came to prominence in the years after the death of former court favorite Hans Holbein in 1543. The ‘Master John’ portrait of Edward in the National Portrait Gallery was almost certainly painted immediately after Edward became king in 1547.

The Pebble Beach picture – a half-length oil on a cradled panel measuring 2ft 5in by 22in (74 by 56cm) – is cataloged as ‘English School 16th or 17th century.’ It has a detailed provenance since the 19th century, having previously been in the collection of Kimbolton Castle, the country house in Cambridgeshire, England that is most famous as the final home of Henry VIII’s first (divorced) wife Catherine of Aragon, who died there in 1536. The picture was deemed sufficiently important at the time to hang at some of the most famous exhibitions of the Victorian era. It was part of the Exhibition of Art Treasures held at Manchester Botanical Gardens in 1857, the largest temporary art exhibition in British history, with more than 16,000 works of art and 1.3 million visitors. In 1866, it was among the 1,035 pictures shown in London at the South Kensington Museum (later the V&A Museum) at the first Exhibition of National Portraits, and in 1890, it was at the Exhibition of the Royal House of Tudor at the New Gallery, a Bond Street address in London that is now the flagship store for the Burberry brand.

The only surviving son of Henry VIII by his third wife, Jane Seymour, Edward VI (1537-1553) was king of England and Ireland from 1547 to 1553. The first English monarch to be raised as a Protestant, he was crowned on February 20, 1547, at the age of nine, and died on July 6, 1553, when he was 15 years old. Despite attempts to prevent the country’s return to Catholicism, his Catholic half-sister Mary I succeeded him.

The portrait is one of several Old Master paintings in the single-owner collection on offer at Andrew Jones. Estimated at $50,000-$70,000 is a Venetian painting depicting the visit of the British diplomat Charles Montagu (1662-1722), 1st Earl of Manchester, to the Venetian court in 1698.

Montagu’s mission in Venice was multifaceted: to affirm and strengthen the Anglo-Venetian alliance, to secure support against France in the unfolding scenarios of European politics, and to promote English trade interests.

This monumental canvas, measuring 4ft 3in by 6ft (1.3 by 1.8m), was painted by a Venetian artist at the time to record his first audience with the Doge and the Senate.