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Follower of Hans Holbein the Younger

Portrait of King Henry VIII, bust-length

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Estimate:

5,000

to
- 7,000 USD

Property from a Private Collection, Sold Without Reserve

Follower of Hans Holbein the Younger

Follower of Hans Holbein the Younger

Portrait of King Henry VIII, bust-length

Portrait of King Henry VIII, bust-length

Estimate:

5,000

to
- 7,000 USD

Lot sold:

6,930

USD

Property from a Private Collection, Sold Without Reserve

Follower of Hans Holbein the Younger   

 Portrait of King Henry VIII, bust-length


inscribed and dated at the upper left: Æt 53/1545

oil on canvas, laid down on panel

panel: 25 by 19 in.; 63.5 by 48.3 cm.

framed: 42 ½ by 33 ½ in.; 108 by 85.1 cm.

The support is a thin-weave canvas laid down on a panel that consists of 2 planks joined vertically and which is cradled on the reverse. The canvas is mostly flat on the panel with a few areas of minor folding or bubbling that are not distracting. The portrait reads well beneath the varnish. The panel join is visible down the center of the sitter. To the naked eye, underdrawing is faintly visible on the right side of the collar. Under UV inspection, the varnish fluoresces unevenly, but retouching appears to be present in the lower left area of his chest, and some minor retouching on his hat. Very little if any retouching is visible in the face. Offered in a decoratively carved elaborate wooden frame with chips and losses to the paint.


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(Possibly) Grantley Hall, Ripon, North Yorkshire;
With G. Newstead Antiques, Knaresborough, from whom purchased by Roger Warner on 31 March 1958;
With Roger Warner, by whom sold to a
Private collector, England;
Anonymous sale, Wyecroft Hall, near Axminster, where purchased a second time by Roger Warner;
His sale, London, Christie’s South Kensington, 20 January 2009, lot 8;
Anonymous sale (Property from an English Private Collection), London, Sotheby's, 30 October 2017, lot 9;
There acquired.

This portrait is a derivation of Holbein’s portrait mural of King Henry VIII at Whitehall Palace, London, which was destroyed in 1698 and recorded only in two reduced copies by Remigius van Leemput.1  Painted on an unstretched close-weave cloth (probably linen or hemp), this work is perhaps a "painted cloth" portrait of the King produced as a wall-hanging for domestic display. Although overpainted in parts, much of the paint surface appears to date to the 16th century.


1. See J. Rowlands, Holbein. The paintings of Hans Holbein the Younger, Oxford 1985, p. 224-226, cat. no. L14, L14a -b. The copies are at Hampton Court, inv. no. 308, and Petworth House, Sussex, inv. no. 34.7.