On that power pose

Josh Bararinde has reminded us of the Tory power pose.

As it happens I took my two grandsons to Hampton Court Palace on Monday. As we explored Henry VIII’s apartments we came across the man himself, holding court to a delighted audience of children and their adults.

One of my grandsons had noted that the King had to wipe away sweat from his brow and asked if he was hot. That gave the actor an opportunity to talk about the clothes he was wearing and to introduce a new word to the boys’ vocabulary: codpiece.

He told us that the familiar Holbein portrait (which his costume was based upon), a copy of which hung in the corridor outside, was the first full-length portrait of a monarch standing. It was designed to emphasise Henry’s power, and most importantly his masculinity, hence the stance with legs apart and exaggerated shoulders.

And, at the very centre of the painting, acting as its main focus, is the famous codpiece, which lies at eye height.

Nuff said.


* Mary Reid is a contributing editor on Lib Dem Voice. She was a councillor in Kingston upon Thames where she is still very active with the local party.

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  • So do people actually do this? I mean, is it actually a thing?
    Sometimes I look at the world around me and feel like I’m from another planet.

  • Paul Barker 14th Aug '19 - 7:46pm

    This sort of “Politics” is symbolised by the New Leader of UKIP.

  • David Evershed 14th Aug '19 - 9:28pm

    Sajid Javid was asked by the press to move from one position to another and the apparent posed photo was in the course of his movement.

    I have seen the video and he is not posing in a power position.

    May and Osborne may be – I don’t know.

  • nigel hunter 14th Aug '19 - 10:16pm

    The 3 of them look stupid to me. Nowhere near Henry 8th pose.Tory power pose? More like doing the splits.

  • Henry VIII is wearing a skirt. Is that how men can look powerful?

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