The answer? Two, not six. Henry’s fourth marriage to Anne was annulled, as the marriage was never consummated, in other words it was seen to that the marriage technically never took place, also Anne happened to be betrothed to Francis, Duke of Lorraine. At the time ‘betrothal’ would bar the individual from marriage. So that leaves 5 wives. Henry’s second marriage to Anne Boleyn was declared illegal by the pope, because the king was still married to his first wife, Catherine of Aragon. Henry, as the head of the church of England, declared himself that his first marriage was invalid on the grounds that a man cannot sleep with his brother’s widow. He did the same with his fifth wife, Catherine Howard, bringing us down to two wives.
Sherlock’s bedroom Portraits, a Study (1 of 2) EDGAR ALLAN POE1809 - 1849 - Seen here on Sherlock’s wall.
As previously mentioned, the portrait of Poe seen in Sherlock’s bedroom is a subtle link added to the set by the show’s creators in tribute to the original inspiration of the Sherlock Holmes stories. Poe’s detective character C. Auguste Dupin was the inspiration for Arthur Conan Doyle’s Holmes and is known to be the first ever fictional detective. Sir Arthur described Poe as:
“the father of the detective tale. [He] covered its limits so completely that I fail to see how his followers can find any fresh ground which they can confidently call their own.”
In the Sherlock Holmes books themselves, Poe’s Dupin is mentioned by ACD. In A Study in Scarlet Watson writes:
“It is simple enough as you explain it,” I said, smiling. “You remind me of Edgar Allan Poe’s Dupin. I had no idea that such individuals did exist outside of stories.”
Sherlock Holmes rose and lit his pipe. “No doubt you think that you are complimenting me in comparing me to Dupin,” he observed. “Now, in my opinion, Dupin was a very inferior fellow. That trick of his of breaking in on his friends’ thoughts with an apropos remark after a quarter of an hour’s silence is really very showy and superficial. He had some analytical genius, no doubt; but he was by no means such a phenomenon as Poe appeared to imagine.”
If you’d like to read more about the influence Poe’s writings had on Arthur Conan Doyle and see a comprehensive comparison of the similarities in both of their texts you can read a wonderful online essay by Drew R. Thomas here: Part One | Part Two
The portrait of Poe (a daguerreotype) is available in a larger size here. The image is titled “Ultima Thule” and was taken a year before Poe’s death. For more information on the print itself and how it was created please see our previous ask-answer on the portrait here.