King Henry the Eighth, & Anna Bullen

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King Henry the Eighth, & Anna Bullen
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Thomas Cook after William Hogarth
King Henry the Eighth, & Anna Bullen
London, Baldwin Craddock & Joy 1822
Copper engraving
475 x 380mm
£100
The scene is the introduction of Anne Boleyn to King Henry VIII. The obviously smitten King (his figure adapted from Holbein’s portrait) leads Anne towards a canopied throne. In the background the neglected Queen Katherine turns her face away and a glum Wolsey, leaning on the throne, watches the couple despairingly. The political content would have been obvious to a contemporary. The Opposition were hopeful that the new King George II would dismiss Walpole as Henry had dismissed Wolsey