Royal Portraits: Building the Brand
How did monarchs in the sixteenth and early seventeenth
centuries choose to present themselves and their heirs
to the throne in portraiture?

This e-learning resource, designed for use by students
and tutors of GCSE, AS and A level Art and Design, helps
you explore five key Tudor and Stuart royal portraits in
the Royal Collection. Of the five paintings, three
depict strong and powerful rulers. The others
show young princes, one of whom went on to reign for
only six years, while the other’s destiny was
never to become king.

You will discover the techniques artists used
to create successful art propaganda which
promoted positive images of their subjects
in turbulent times – techniques that you can
use to guide you with your own portrait work.

Select one of the images below to start.


Edward VI
Henry VIII
Elizabeth I when a Princess
James I & VI
Henry, Prince of Wales with Robert Devereux, third Earl of Essex in the hunting field