Lucas Horenbout (1490/5-1544)
Portrait of Charles V
Watercolour on vellum, remounted onto modern card
Museum no. P.22-1942
Passed with the collection of Sir Hans Sloan to the British Museum in 1754.Transferred to the V&A in 1934
The emperor Charles V (1500-58) was a nephew of Catherine of Aragon, Henry VIII 's first wife. This is a copy in miniature of an oil by the Netherlandish artist Bernard van Orley, still in the Royal Collection today.