|Title||Sir Thomas More|
|Alternative Title||Thomas Cromwell|
|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||Although thought to be a copy of Holbein's portrait of Thomas More, this picture actually represents Thomas Cromwell, Earl of Essex (1485-1540), chief minister and close friend of Henry VIII.
It would appear that the artist copied an engraving of Holbein's portrait, produced by Jacobus Houbraken in 1739. The engraving shows Holbein's image in reverse, and thus the present painting appears to look like the portrait of Thomas More in the Frick Collection, New York, instead of the portrait of Cromwell in the same collection.
|Current Accession Number||51-954|
|Subject||portrait (Thomas Cromwell)|
|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 Erasmus. Holbein's original portrait of Thomas Cromwell was painted about 1532.|
|Rights Owner||National Trust for Scotland|