Image: Historical Figures from English and British History by George Stuart
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Text: Historical Figures of England
From collections of the Museum of Ventura County, and the
artist, George S. Stuart

Evolution of the British Empire

The portraits of Historical Figures of England span 400 years of British history. Following the reign of Henry VIII, the role of the monarchy changed forever. English politics and religion underwent a progressive transformation well ahead of Western Europe. The Tudor and Stuart rulers went from being absolutists in the 16th Century to figureheads in Georgian and Victorian Periods. From the Tudor rule of Henry VII, Henry VIII and Elizabeth I, to the Stuart dynasty of James I, and Charles I, kings progressively lost power. During the brief Republic of Oliver Cromwell there was no king. The restoration of Charles II was a constitutional monarchy that continued to evolve in the Georgian and Victorian Periods.

As head of the Church of England and above politics, the monarch is the revered symbol of the nation. Today monarchs are expected to uphold and maintain this exalted symbolism. Indeed, the challenge is almost as demanding and precarious as was that of their forefathers who claimed a divine right to rule over every aspect of the realm.

George Stuart's entertaining monologs 400 Years of English History are available on DVD in the Shoppe.

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Thumbnail color image of Henry VII aka. Henry VII of England,
Harri Tudur, by George Stuart.
Henry VII

Thumbnail color image of Cardinal Thomas Wolsey aka. Thomas Woolsey, 
 Anglican Bishop of York, by George Stuart.
Cardinal Thomas Wolsey

Thumbnail color image of Catherine of Aragon aka. Catalina de Aragón, by George Stuart.
Catherine of Aragon

Thumbnail color image of Queen Anne Boleyn aka. Marquess of Pembroke , by George Stuart.
Queen Anne Boleyn

Thumbnail color image of Henry VIII aka. Henry VIII of England,
Henry Tudor, by George Stuart.
Henry VIII

Thumbnail color image of Edward VI aka. Edward VI of England
Edward Tudor, by George Stuart.
Edward VI

Thumbnail color image of Mary Tudor aka. Mary I of England, 
Bloody Mary, by George Stuart.
Mary Tudor

Thumbnail color image of John Knox aka. Scottish Reformer, by George Stuart.
John Knox

Thumbnail color image of Mary Stuart aka. Mary Queen of Scots, by George Stuart.
Mary Stuart

Thumbnail color image of William Cecil aka. Lord Burghley, by George Stuart.
William Cecil

Thumbnail color image of Earl of Essex aka. Robert Devereux, by George Stuart.
Earl of Essex

Thumbnail color image of Elizabeth I aka. Elizabeth I of England,
Glorianna,
Good Queen Bess,
The Virgin Queen, by George Stuart.
Elizabeth I

Thumbnail color image of James I aka. James I of England,
James VI of Scotland,
The Second Solomon, by George Stuart.
James I

Thumbnail color image of George Villiers Duke of Buckingham, by George Stuart.
George Villiers Duke of Buckingham

Thumbnail color image of Charles I aka. Charles I of England, by George Stuart.
Charles I

Thumbnail color image of Henrietta Maria aka. Henrietta Maria of France, by George Stuart.
Henrietta Maria

Thumbnail color image of Oliver Cromwell aka. Lord Protector, by George Stuart.
Oliver Cromwell

Thumbnail color image of Charles II (v2) aka. Charles II of England, 
Scotland, and Ireland., by George Stuart.
Charles II (v2)

Thumbnail color image of Nell Gwynne aka. Eleanor Gwyn, by George Stuart.
Nell Gwynne

Thumbnail color image of James II aka. James II of England,
James VII of Scotland, by George Stuart.
James II

Thumbnail color image of William III aka. King Billy, 
Dutch Billy, by George Stuart.
William III

Thumbnail color image of John Churchill Duke of Marlborough aka. Prince of Mindelheim, by George Stuart.
John Churchill Duke of Marlborough

Thumbnail color image of Sarah Churchill Duchess Marlborough aka. Sarah Jennings, by George Stuart.
Sarah Churchill Duchess Marlborough

Thumbnail color image of Queen Anne aka. Queen of Great Britain and Ireland, by George Stuart.
Queen Anne

Thumbnail color image of Countess of Darlington aka. Sophia von Kielmansegg, by George Stuart.
Countess of Darlington

Thumbnail color image of Duchess of Kendal aka. Ehrengard Melusine 
von der Schulenburg, by George Stuart.
Duchess of Kendal

Thumbnail color image of George I aka. George I of England,
George Louis, by George Stuart.
George I

Thumbnail color image of Caroline von Anspach aka. Queen Caroline, 
Caroline of Ansbch, by George Stuart.
Caroline von Anspach

Thumbnail color image of George II aka. George II of England,
George Augustus, by George Stuart.
George II

Thumbnail color image of Bonnie Prince Charlie aka. Charles Edward Stuart, by George Stuart.
Bonnie Prince Charlie

Thumbnail color image of George III (Robes of state) aka. George III of England,
George William Frederick, by George Stuart.
George III (Robes of state)

Thumbnail color image of Queen Charlotte Sophia  1761 aka. Charlotte Sophia of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, by George Stuart.
Queen Charlotte Sophia 1761

Thumbnail color image of Queen Charlotte Sophia aka. Sophia Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, by George Stuart.
Queen Charlotte Sophia

Thumbnail color image of General John Burgoyne aka. Gentleman Johnny, by George Stuart.
General John Burgoyne

Thumbnail color image of George III 1780 aka. George III of England,
George William Frederick, by George Stuart.
George III 1780

Thumbnail color image of Sir Henry Clinton aka. Governor of Gibraltar, by George Stuart.
Sir Henry Clinton

Thumbnail color image of Maria Fitzherbert  (Older) aka. Maria Anne Smythe, by George Stuart.
Maria Fitzherbert (Older)

Thumbnail color image of Beau Brummell aka. George Bryan Brummell, by George Stuart.
Beau Brummell

Thumbnail color image of George III 1818 aka. George III of England,
Mad King George, by George Stuart.
George III 1818

Thumbnail color image of Caroline von Brunswick aka. Queen Caroline, 
Caroline of Brunswick, by George Stuart.
Caroline von Brunswick

Thumbnail color image of George IV aka. George IV of England,
Prince Regent, by George Stuart.
George IV

Thumbnail color image of Queen Victoria 1837 aka. Victoria of England,
Alexandrina Victoria, by George Stuart.
Queen Victoria 1837

Thumbnail color image of Benjamin Disraeli aka. Earl of Beaconsfield, by George Stuart.
Benjamin Disraeli

Thumbnail color image of Florence Nightingale aka. The Lady with the Lamp, by George Stuart.
Florence Nightingale

Thumbnail color image of Prince Albert aka. Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, by George Stuart.
Prince Albert

Thumbnail color image of Queen Victoria 1860 aka. Queen of the United Kingdom, by George Stuart.
Queen Victoria 1860

Thumbnail color image of John Brown aka. Servant to the Queen, by George Stuart.
John Brown

Thumbnail color image of Jack the Ripper aka. Whitechapel Murderer, by George Stuart.
Jack the Ripper

Thumbnail color image of Prince Albert Victor aka. Duke of Clarence and Avondale, by George Stuart.
Prince Albert Victor

Thumbnail color image of Alexandra Princess of Wales aka. Alexandra of Denmark,
 Queen to Edward VII, 
and Queen Mothe, by George Stuart.
Alexandra Princess of Wales

Thumbnail color image of William E. Gladstone aka. Grand Old Man, by George Stuart.
William E. Gladstone

Thumbnail color image of Oscar Wilde aka. Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde, by George Stuart.
Oscar Wilde

Thumbnail color image of Edward Prince of Wales aka. Edward VII of England,
Edward Prince of Wales

Thumbnail color image of Queen Victoria 1900 aka. Empress of India, by George Stuart.
Queen Victoria 1900

Thumbnail color image of Benjamin Franklin aka. The First American 
in England, by George Stuart.
Benjamin Franklin
















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