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

Portrait of Lady Mary Guildford

c. 1527
Black and coloured chalks, 552 x 385 mm
Kupferstichkabinett, Öffentliche Kunstsammlung, Basel

Unlike in the painting of Lady Mary Guildford, in this preparatory drawing her upper body and face are shown almost full frontally. However, she is looking to her right and the corners of her mouth are turned up slightly to produce an engaging expression. Except for these changes, the contours of the face in this study match exactly with those of the under-drawing of the painting. Holbein will thus have traced the outlines of the chalk drawing on to the panel. This is shown by the fact that individual lines, such as those of the nose, are strengthened on the drawing.