Long-lost picture of Henry VIII as a child discovered
The unknown painting, which is contained in a passional manuscript, shows the monarch as a young boy, weeping upon a bed with his two sisters.
The book is believed to have been written and donated to Henry the VII upon the death of his wife Elizabeth of York, and passed into the possession of a noble family.
The picture, one of several dozen in the Vaux passional, shows Henry as a child, with his red head buried in his arms on his late mother’s bed. His sisters Mary and Margaret are depicted sitting on the floor near to him, while his father sits on a throne in the foreground.
Saying Henry VIII was depicted as a child “very infrequently,” he added: “He felt the death of his mother more than anybody; it really, really rocked him. He was absolutely inconsolable.