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Rolf leads giant portrait project
More than 100 artists recreated the King Henry VIII portrait.

Rolf Harris has led a group of more than 100 artists to recreate a giant canvas of a famous portrait of King Henry VIII.

The majority of artists involved were keen amateurs who painted one panel of the picture which was then assembled in London's Trafalgar Square.

The project - Rolf on Art: The Big Event - was broadcast live on BBC One on Sunday.

Last year a team of painters recreated Constable's The Haywain.

The picture of Henry VIII is based on a portrait by Bavarian painter Holbein the Younger.

Rolf Harris
Rolf Harris painted one of the panels himself

The original was destroyed in a fire at Whitehall Palace in 1698, but the king had ordered copies of the painting to be spread across his kingdom.

A small group of artists at Liverpool's Walker Gallery were also involved, with their panels being transported down to Trafalgar Square on completion.

Harris said: "Last year we had a fantastic time creating Constable's The Haywain at Trafalgar Square.

"It's a great opportunity for people to try out their artistic flair and at the end of the day we hope to have recreated part of Holbein's famous mural, which originally featured Henry VII and Henry VIII. "


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