HOLBEIN, Hans the Younger
(b. 1497, Augsburg, d. 1543, London)

Portrait of John Chambers

1543
Oil on oak, 58 x 39,7 cm
Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna

John Chambers was 88 years old when Holbein executed this portrait. The close similarity of the sitter with the man identified as Chambers in the barber surgeons' picture (on Henry's right) allow a definite identification. Chambers was a cleric who also distinguished himself as a doctor. He was so successful in this profession that Henry VIII appointed him one of his personal physicians.