The present portrait derives from the celebrated image of the King as depicted in the Whitehall Mural which was painted for the Palace of Whitehall in 1537. The mural was destroyed when the Palace was burnt down in 1698, but its composition is known from a seventeenth century copy made for Charles II by Remigius van Leemput (Royal Collection) and from the surviving left hand portion of the artist's original cartoon which hangs in the National Portrait Gallery, London. The mural depicted the King standing in a strikingly powerful pose, and all subsequent portraits of the King derive from this.
Probably J. Molthan, Verzeichniss der Bildhauerwerke und Gemälde welche sich in den Königlich Hannoverschen Schlössern und Gebäuden, Hanover 1844, p.65, no. 11.
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