I’m very excited to share with you that I recently acquired five original vintage prints of costumes designed by John Bloomfield for the BBC series, ‘The Six Wives of Henry VIII’, made in the early 1970s, and starring Australian actor Keith Michell as King Henry VIII. Michell won an Emmy Award for his performance that is still lauded by many as the definitive television portrayal of the Tudor king.
According to the BBC,
‘The authentic appearance of the court costumes was achieved by the ingenuity of designer John Bloomfield, who used painted cheap fabrics, glass and household washers to achieve the sumptuous period effect. Such was the interest in the programme that the costumes went on tour. The international success of Henry VIII led to the making of Elizabeth R, and established the BBC’s position as the pre-eminent producer of period drama.’
I am beyond grateful to my friend Dawn, who lives in bonny Scotland, for sourcing these prints for me and for taking the time to carefully package them and send them to me in Sydney. What a wonderful friend!
The prints are framed and ready to be hung in my study, which is slowly turning into a bit of a Tudor shrine…
Needless to say, I am now on the look out for the three missing wives to complete the set: Anne Stallybrass as Jane Seymour, Angela Pleasence as Catherine Howard and Rosalie Crutchley as Katherine Parr.
Do get in touch with me if you know of anyone selling these prints or if you too have a collection. I’d love to see your pics!
I’ll add an updated photo of the prints once they’ve been hung in my study.
I look forward to hearing from you!
PS. As promised, here is a pic of the prints framed and hung! I decided to hang them in the upstairs lounge room instead of my study because there’s more wall space here, which means there is room enough for Jane Seymour, Catherine Howard and Katherine Parr to join the gang, eventually…
Update 5th March, 2017:
Thanks again to a wonderful friend, I added Jane Seymour and a third Henry VIII to my collection of John Bloomfield prints. Here they are in all their glory…
It appears that the only print I’m now missing is a fourth Henry VIII. Sadly, according to comments left after this post, the Catherine Howard and Katherine Parr prints were not released. What a pity!
The search is now on for the final Henry print. Wish me luck!