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Trump as King Henry VIII

Here’s my King Trump …

King Henry the Eighth by Hans Holbein the Younger.

This is Donald Trump as King Henry VIII, from the famous portrait by Hans Holbein the Younger, shown in the image at the right. That Henry was quite the dresser. Notice that Trump, and Henry VIII have tiny hands and a little purse. I may do a series with more famous king portraits as Trump.

One thing that I have to keep in mind as a newspaper cartoonist, is how the color cartoons look when printed in the papers – the cartoons darken up, with heavy details filling in and cyan (or blue) coming in heavy; this is why I lighten and warm up the colors, which is especially apparent in Trump’s brown, furry vest. I also feel I need to make the flesh tones lighter and I’m always getting mail about how I should make Trump look more “orange.” I added a little white feather on Trump’s cap, which wasn’t in the painting – surely this was an oversight by Holbein the Younger as the feather seems to be necessary!

This isn’t the first time for me with Holbein the Younger and Henry VIII. Ten years ago I did a similar take on George W. Bush as Henry VIII in the 2006 cartoon below. I see that I took even more liberties with the king’s outfit in this earlier, cartoonier version.

There are always a lot of cartoons depicting presidents, and presidential candidates as kings (or queens). During the Obama years the few conservative cartoonists enjoyed drawing Obama as a king as their vision of Obama was vain, self-absorbed and autocratic.

At the beginning of the last campaign there were lots of cartoons with Hillary and presumed GOP frontrunner Jeb Bush as dynastic royalty, including this one I did below …

We saw lots of “Trump Card” cartoons, but Trump was always the Joker in those cartoons, not the King.



By Daryl Cagle

Daryl Cagle is the founder and owner of Cagle Cartoons, Inc. He is one of the most widely published editorial cartoonists and is also the editor of The Cagle Post.

12 replies on “Trump as King Henry VIII”

Darryl, you should have done an Obama VIII. It would have been much more appropriate considering the multitudes of executive orders.

Besides, Trump has not even been inaugurated. But I suppose that doesn't matter to you.

blaster you should actually have the facts before you spam BS – The clear winner was Clinton, but G.W. Bush still beats Obama – clearly the saying ” A mind is a terrible thing to waste” is true in your case. Maybe after you are out of high school??

Consolidated list by President
President Total Orders Order Number Range
George H. W. Bush 166 12668 – 12833
William J. Clinton 364 12834 – 13197
George W. Bush 291 13198 – 13488
Barack Obama 260 13489 – 13738…

Fran, so far you are right. At the moment Trump is only on his third wife. Of course, Trump has time to catch up. Indeed, wife #3 apparently is being left behind in New York City; can wife #4 be in the wings already?

D. Crusoe….Libblaster is obviously NOT a real person. May be simply a paid political whore suffering from a lack of education. We saw sooo much of that in the past election, particularly on the Trump side of the bush.

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