Henry Monro

The Disgrace of Wolsey

exhibited 1814

Artist
Henry Monro 1791–1814
Medium
Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions
Support: 1910 x 1225 mm
frame: 2220 x 1655 x 175 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by Mrs Elizabeth Bowlby 1991
Reference
T06485

Not on display

Display caption

Henry Monro was the son of Dr Thomas Monro, a collector and host of the famous London ‘Academy’ where the young Turner copied and studied drawing. This picture won a premium of one hundred guineas at the British Institution in 1813, the year before his untimely death. The Institution was keen to promote historical painting by British artists.Henry VIII humbles his over-mighty subject, Cardinal Wolsey. British painters had led the Romantic fashion for historicism and painting subjects from the national past. Their pictures were to influence French painters like Paul Delaroche, who were interested in the evolution of constitutional monarchy.

Gallery label, May 2007