Original file(870 × 753 pixels, file size: 213 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg)


English: Scene at the death of King Henry VII at Richmond Palace, 1509. (British Library Additional MS 45131, folio 54. (From www.bl.uk/onlinegallery)). Drawn by Sir Thomas Wriothesley(d.1534), Garter King of Arms, a courtier who though not present on the day, shortly thereafter wrote an account of the proceedings, from discussions with those present. Attendees, clockwise from the King's left-hand:
  • (1)Richard Foxe, Bp. of Winchester(d.1528). Arms: See of Winchester impaling Foxe: Gules, two keys indorsed in bend the uppermost argent the other or a sword interposed between (Winchester); Azure, a pelican in her piety or vulned proper a canton ermine (Foxe).
  • (2)Tonsured cleric;
  • (3)Tonsured cleric.
  • (4)George Hastings(d.1544). Arms: Argent, a maunch sable.
  • (5)Sir Richard Weston of Sutton Place, Surrey(d.1541). Arms: Quarterly 1st. & 4th. Ermine, on a chief azure five bezants; 2nd. & 3rd: Argent, three camels sable (Camell of Shapwick, Dorset). With a crescent for difference of a second son.
  • (6)Richard Clement (of Ightham?)(d.1538);
  • (7)Matthew Baker(d.1513);
  • (8)John Sharpe (d.1518/19), of Coggeshall, Essex, a gentleman usher, Gauger of the Port of Bristol, in which office he was replaced by Roger Chaloner (Letters & Papers, H VIII, Richmond Palace 25 Nov 13 H VIII). Arms: Argent, three rook's heads erased sable a border azure bezantee.
  • (9)Physician holding urine bottle;
  • (10)William Tyler. Arms: Sable, on a fess or between three tigers passant guardant erminois a cross pattee between 2 crescents gules.
  • (11)Hugh Denys of Osterley(d.1511). Arms: Quarterly 1st. & 4th: Gules, three leopard's faces or jessant-de-lis azure over all a bend engrailed of the last (Denys of Siston, Glos.). 3rd. & 4th: Argent, a raven proper a bordure sable bezantee (Corbet of Siston);
  • (12)Physician holding urine bottle;
  • (13)?William FitzWilliam?(poss. too young, as born c. 1490, d.1542)(holds staff & closes King's eyes). Arms: Quarterly 1st. quarter, Lozengy argent & gules (FitzWilliam); 2nd quarter: Neville quartering 1st & 4th: Montagu, 2nd & 3rd: Monthermer, overall an inescutcheon of pretence; 3rd quarter (?); 4th quarter (?).
  • (14)Physician holding urine bottle.
The armorials depicted for each attendee have allowed the above names to be assigned, using for reference Burke's Armorials (1884) together with Wriothesley's own text in the manuscript. The armorials are likely to be accurately depicted in view of Wriothesley's standing as a herald and his personal acqaintanceship with all the parties concerned.
Date Shortly after 1509
Source British Library Additional MS 45131, folio 54. http://www.bl.uk/onlinegallery/onlineex/henryviii/birthaccdeath/deathbed/largeimage93112.html
Author Drawn by Sir Thomas Wriothesley(d.1534), Garter King of Arms


Public domain

This work is in the public domain in its country of origin and other countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 100 years or fewer.

Dialog-warning.svg You must also include a United States public domain tag to indicate why this work is in the public domain in the United States.

Original upload log

The original description