Lot 206
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Daniel Maclise, R.A.

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  • Daniel Maclise, R.A.
  • signed and dated l.l.: D. MACLISE 1835
  • oil on canvas


Private collection, USA, since the mid-1970s


London, British Institution, 1836, no. 61


Daniel Maclise 1806-1870, exhibition catalogue, National Portrait Gallery, London, and National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin, 1972, p. 16


This report has been prepared an independent painting restorer, Hamish Dewar of 13 and 14 Mason's Yard, St. James's, London, SW1Y 6BU. tel: 0207 930 4004 email: hamish@hamishdewar.co.uk STRUCTURE The canvas has been lined and this is ensuring a secure structural support and has successfully stabilised a long fracture to the canvas. PAINT SURFACE The paint surface has suffered from a significant damage which has been repaired. There are two major fracture lines: 1) in the lower left quadrant where the two horizontal lines measure approximately 10 cm in length and the vertical length approximately 7 cm in length, and 2) a long vertical line which is in total approximately 70 cm in length and runs down through the standing figure of Anne Boleyn. These fracture lines have been filled and retouched and the retouching fluoresces clearly under ultra-violet light. The lines are also visible in natural light as the retouchings are shinier than the surrounding original pigments. SUMMARY The painting is therefore in stable condition and while no further work is required for reasons of conservation, it is important to note that there has been a significant damage in the past.
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Catalogue Note

Daniel Maclise turned to historical subjects in the early 1830s.  The present subject, which was shown at the British Institution in 1836, shows the first meeting of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, which occurred in about 1527 and which led to their marriage in 1533 following the annulment of the king's first marriage to Catherine of Aragon. In 1536 Anne was tried on dubious charges of adultery and beheaded in the Tower of London. Maclise's painting shows Henry standing on a low dais and with Anne demurely standing at his side. Members of the court occupy the surrounding space, and seem to be aware of the likely repercussions of the evident attraction that he feels for her. In the shadows to the left is seen the figure of a cardinal of the Catholic Church, who raises his hand to his mouth in a gesture that expresses his concern that a known supporter of the Protestant cause should have gained the particular favour of the king. As queen, Anne did her utmost to promote Reformation doctrines. The interior is intended to represent Hampton Court, the splendid palace that Henry took over after Cardinal Wolsey had been discredited and forced from office.