Sudeley Castle & Gardens has recently welcomed the return of an iconic Elizabethan painting.

The renowned Allegory of the Tudor Succession by Flemish artist, Lucas de Heere, depicts Henry VIII, his three children, and Queen Mary’s husband, Phillip of Spain. It was commissioned in 1572 and celebrates the harmony established by Queen Elizabeth.

The artwork was purchased by former Sudeley Castle owner, John Coucher Dent, at the sale of the collection of Horace Walpole at Strawberry Hill in 1842, but it has been in the National Museum of Wales since 1991.

The National Museum of Wales removed the paining for vital restoration work, and it remained in the museum’s possession whilst repairs were made to its former surroundings at Sudeley.

The important piece of Elizabethan history has now returned to Sudeley, and is on display in the newly-renovated South Hall, where it will remain on view to visitors for the foreseeable future.

Find out more about this piece of historic artwork in this short film featuring historian, Dr David Starkey:

Allegory of the Tudor Succession Painting

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