Henry VII © National Portrait Gallery, London

Henry VII © National Portrait Gallery, London

The Museum of Somerset is bringing an artwork of outstanding national significance to the county this autumn.

Working with the National Portrait Gallery in London, the museum will display an extraordinary portrait of King Henry VII dated 1505.

It is the first image of an English monarch painted from life and the earliest portrait in the National Portrait Gallery’s collection.

Henry VII has special associations with Taunton Castle, home of the Museum of Somerset.

It was there in 1497 that he confronted the rebel Perkin Warbeck after Warbeck’s failed attempt to claim the throne.

The king’s portrait will be displayed in the very room where the fateful meeting between king and rebel may have taken place.

Opens 17 October 2017 to 6 January 2018

Free entry

At The Museum of Somerset, TA1 4AA

Published on September 26, 2017 // South West Heritage Trust