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This picture is not, in any sense, the record of an historical event or of any ceremony that took place. It is a summing-up of the life and history of Bridport. The central figure is Henry VIII who is represented standing on the quay at Bridport Harbour. Above the King’s head floats the Royal Standard. Behind the King’s left shoulder is Frances, Marchioness of Dorset. Immediately behind the King is the historical and romantic figure of Sir John Russell, of Kingston Russell and Berwick House in Burton Bradstock, Dorset.
oil on panel
H 114.5 x W 181 cm
presented by the artist to Bridport Town Council, 1923