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After Holbein, Hans, the younger (German painter, draftsman, born 1497 or 1498, died 1543, active in Switzerland and England) , Sir Thomas More

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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
Author David Taylor
 

 

 

 

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