Edward, Prince of Wales (1537-1553)
A portrait drawing of Edward, Prince of Wales (1537-1553), later Edward VI, the son of Henry VIII and Jane Seymour. The portrait is of the head only facing to the front. It is a preparatory study for a painting in the National Gallery of Art, Washington. Inscribed in an eighteenth-century hand at upper left: Edward Prince.
Prince Edward was born in October 1537. In 1539 Holbein presented Henry VIII with a portrait of the young Prince as a New Year's gift. This delicate drawing is a study for the painting now in the National Gallery of Art in Washington. The little Prince would not have sat still for long and Holbein has only recorded the most important features in preparation for his painting. An inscription on the finished portrait urged the little boy to emulate his great father.