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Conservation of 'Henry VIII'

conservator working on a painting of Henry VIII

Walker Art Gallery collection

In 2003 the Walker Art Gallery's famous portrait of Henry VIII was the highlight of a major exhibition Henry VIII Revealed | .

The exhibition was co-curated by art historians and paintings conservators, following a major project to conserve the portrait. The conservators' technical examination of the painting led to a number of new findings, which were revealed in the exhibition.

Follow the links below to find out about the conservation process and some of the discoveries that were made.

Henry VIII Revealed - the book

More in-depth information about conservation practices and research into the Henry VIII portraits can be found in conservator David Crombies essay in the book, Henry VIII Revealed: Holbeins Portrait and his Legacy | . The catalogue also includes a detailed essay on the Holbein image and its influence by curator Xanthe Brooke.