Blood Royal: Picturing the Tudor Monarchy


There a small, but interesting exhibition at the moment that puts on display a range of Tudor era paintings, scrolls and royal documents.

Drawing on the archives in the Society of Antiquaries of London, the inspiration for the exhibition was drawn from their collection of paintings, which includes the largest collection of English medieval and Tudor royal portraiture outside of the National Portrait Gallery and Royal Collection.

Only a small selection of paintings is on display, including a good collection of Royal portraits, and a famously stern Queen Mary glaring over the display above the fireplace.

Her successor, Queen Elizabeth I is represented by the great seals on display, which being in a dimly lit room, there are small torches available if you want to see the decoration in detail.

Quite a few scrolls and books are included, which document the business of ruling the country, who got what and when.

Most impressive is a drawing of the coronation parade through the City of London, and you can still reliably identify some of the buildings and gates depicted.

It’s a small display, a visit lasting maybe 10-15 minutes, but worth popping in if you are in the Piccadilly area.

The exhibition, Blood Royal: Picturing the Tudor Monarchy is free to visit and open until 25th August, Mon to Fri (10am to 5pm)

There will also be a late evening on 25th August from 6pm to 9pm.


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One comment
  1. Renee LaDue says:

    Dear Ian,

    We’re delighted to you stopped in to visit the exhibition and wrote about it. I hope it encourages many more visits. I just wanted to share two things that may have been overlooked:

    (1) we have some digital interpretation for the exhibition for virtual visitors and for those who visit Burlington House in person, including pictures, text, and expert-led videos on the objects available at

    (2) In addition to the museum late on 25 August (the final opportunity to visit the exhibition), we also have a museum late THIS Friday, 11 August. The 11 August event is particularly special as ALL the Burlington House Courtyard Societies will be open and sponsoring some form of public programming. Most events are free, although some require pre-booking. Find out more at

    Thank you!
    Renee LaDue
    Communications Manager
    Society of Antiquaries of London

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