Bust of Henry V
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Henry V isn't the obvious choice - but he is the only one who Shakespeare portrayed as a hero.

He was remembered for his victories in battles against the French. Shakespeare celebrated his feats in a play, and audiences listened intently to every word of each heroic speech.

Meanwhile, those who commissioned the statue thought that leading politician Walpole was getting far too friendly with France!

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Why change his image?
To celebrate him?
To promote him?
To play at politics?

To reinvent him?

the early likenesses
his first published portrait One from the family gallery
his funeral bust
A stately statue

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