Anne Wortley and Henry VIII trading places

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View of Room One, Walker Art Gallery

'Anne Wortley, Later Lady Morton' (the portrait behind the rope above) is a new loan to the Walker Art Gallery from Tate Britain. It is a temporary replacement for our portrait of 'Henry VIII' loaned to the Tate’s Holbein in England exhibition, 28 September 2006 – 7 January 2007. It has been hung in Room One of the Walker alongside Jean Clouet's 'Princess Marguerite of Angouleme' and 'Queen Elizabeth I - The Pelican Portrait', attributed to Nicholas Hilliard.

The panel text that accompanies the painting states:

It portrays Anne Wortley, daughter of Sir Richard Wortley of Yorkshire, in formal dress as worn at the court of James I. It is a typical Jacobean portrait. It aims not to create a convincing idea of space, which is rather awkwardly reproduced in this portrait, but to focus in almost hypnotic detail on the elaborate costume, ruff, head-dress, jewellery and other accessories. For this reason such portraits are sometimes referred to nowadays as ‘curtains & carpets’ paintings. The different qualities of the brushwork on this portrait suggest that it was perhaps painted by several artists from one workshop, each specialising in a different area, and some trained in the Netherlands.

View an enlarged image of the painting on the Tate Collection's website.