|Collection||National Trust for Scotland (Crathes Castle)|
|Artist||After Holbein, Hans, the younger (German painter, draftsman, born 1497 or 1498, died 1543, active in Switzerland and England)|
|Date Earliest||probably 1739|
|Date Latest||possibly 1800|
|Description||This portrait was thought to be of Henry VIII's minister, Thomas Cromwell, but is actually a depiction of Desiderius Erasmus (1466-1536), the Dutch humanist and scholar.
Erasmus was a friend of Thomas More and an early patron of Hans Hobein the Younger. This portrait is similar in appearance to two of Holbein's portrayals of Erasmus, but on closer inspection appears to be after his portrait of about 1532, in the Robert Lehman Collection (The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York).
|Current Accession Number||51-954|
|Measurements||20 x 17 cm (estimate)|
|Material||oil on metal|
|Acquisition Details||Given by the Burnett of Leys family 1951.|
|Provenance||By descent in the Burnett of Leys family.|
|Notes||Paired with a portrait of Thomas Cromwell, Earl of Essex.|
|Rights Owner||National Trust for Scotland|