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Art From Us MUSEUM GUIDE : National Portrait Gallery, London : Room 4

Today we arrive National Portrait Gallery London – Early Stuart Britain, for our Museum Guide excursion, led by Divvya Nirula.

In this room we explore the end of the Tudor dynasty and the beginning of the Stuart era in England. Presented here are our top three works to see here. Next time you visit the museum, do not miss these

1. William Shakespeare, 1856, by John Taylor
2. Anne of Denmark, 1605 – 1610, John De Critz the Elder
3. John Donne, 1595, by Unknown

Image credit for artworks : National Portrait Gallery, London

Some fun facts about the Museum : Stuart Collection

  • The beginning of the Tudor dynasty was marked by the crowning of Henry VII. And the dynasty ended by Elizabeth I. The monarch never married and therefore had produced no heir to the throne. This gallery exhibits works relating to the period after her death.
  • When Elizabeth I died at the beginning of the 17th century, her cousin James VI of Scotland took over the throne. Subsequently, he came to be known as James I of England. His family and successors ruled the British throne for more than a 100 years.
  • The Stuart reign was a period of great artistic, literary and cultural evolution. However, there was also much civil unrest in the country at the time.

A Final Thought

The National Portrait gallery traces the history of England through the centuries. Starting in the 16th century we travel through the ages. Going over the Royal family tree. And examining various key monarchs and their contributions to the kingdom. The journey is particularly fascinating when interpreted through the series of marvellous portraits. Each of which puts a face to the name.


Visit Art From Us Archive for Museum Guide collated by Divvya Nirula. Here you shall find more suggestions on where you should visit next. And also what you should see there.

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