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Artwork of Henry VIII's lost palace to stay in UK

By Emily Beament

A rare watercolour of a "stunning" lost Henry VIII palace that was at risk of being exported from the UK has been saved for the nation.

The Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) has acquired the painting by Flemish artist Joris Hoefnagel, which is the earliest depiction of Nonsuch Palace in Surrey, with the help of the National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF) and the Art Fund.

The purchase comes after a temporary export bar was put on the painting, one of only six surviving pictures of the mansion, to give a UK buyer an opportunity to match the £1m price tag and keep it in the country.

Nonsuch was commissioned in 1538 to mark Henry VIII's 30th year on the throne and the birth of his son, Edward.

The painting will go on display at the V&A from today.

It was bought with the help of the NHMF.

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