It is well worth a visit and among the items on display, there are these relating to the Tudors:
Bold = V&A information
Italics = Item catalogue entry by Horace Walpole
Hair of Mary Tudor
A locket with hair of Mary Tudor, queen of France; whose tomb was opened in 1784.
Clock & bracket
Clock about 1520 – 40 with later modifications; the weights probably 1533-6.
A clock of silver gilt…This was a present from Henry 8th to Anne Boleyn. On the weights are the initial letters of Henry and Anne within true lovers knots; at top Dieu et mon droit; at bottom. The most happy.’
Catherine of Aragon,
First wife of Henry 8th by Holbein
Hans Holbein, the Younger
‘A lady painted by Holbein…probably Mary Tudor, queen of France, sister of Henry 8th.’
The Family of Henry VIII
An Allegory of the Tudor Succession
Attributed to Lucas de Heere
1534-84. About 1572.
Probably a gift from Elizabeth I to Sir Francis Walsingham
A large picture of Henry 8th and this children.
Attributed to Henry Romayne
One of only 3 known royal English locks of the period.
Pattern for Shilling or Presentation Piece of Edward VI
Mary Nevill, Lady Dacre & Gregory Fiennes, 10th Baron Dacre
He believed it showed the Duchess of Suffolk, who had caused a scandal by marrying her Master of the Horse, sixteen years her junior, shortly after the execution of her first husband. In fact, it shows Lady Dacre and her son.
A fine and very valuable picture by Lucas de Heere, representing Frances duchess of Suffolk, mother of the Lady Jane Grey, and Adrian Stokes, her second husband.
The relief was hung in a frame.
The pose is taken from a lost fresco of 1537 painted by Holbein in Whitehall Palace.
Elevation of the Hall and the Staircase West Wall
George Perfect Harding
The painted wallpaper of the hall was copied from a print of the pierced screen of the tomb of Prince Arthur, Henry VIII’s elder brother, in Worcester Cathedral.
Six portraits from the Court of Henry VIII
George Vertue after Hans Holbein
One is of Jane Seymour.
This and the following heads…were taken off an oil paper by Vertue from the origingal drawings of Holbein in queen Caroline’s closet at Kensington.
Other interesting items included:
Three children of Christian II of Denmark
After Jan Gossaert (1478-1532)
Prince Arthur, Prince Henry & Princess Margaret, Children of Henry the seventh.
This identification was discontinued in the 1860s.
Catherine de Medici and Her Children
Studio of Francois Clouet
Book of Hours
This precious prayer book belonged to Claude queen of France, wife of Francis 1st.
Walpole thought this belonged to Cardinal Wolsey.