Henry Monro

The Disgrace of Wolsey

exhibited 1814

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Henry Monro 1791–1814
Oil paint on canvas
Support: 1910 × 1225 mm
frame: 2220 × 1655 × 175 mm
Presented by Mrs Elizabeth Bowlby 1991

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Thomas Wolsey (1473–1530) was an English archbishop, statesman and a cardinal of the Catholic Church. He was a trusted advisor to King Henry VIII, who made him Lord Chancellor. In 1529, having failed to secure an annulment of Henry VIII’s first marriage, Wolsey was removed from government and arrested for treason. This painting won Monro a prize at the British Institution in 1813. The Institution was keen to promote historical painting by British artists. Monro died the following year, aged only 22.

Gallery label, July 2019

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