HOLBEIN, Hans the Younger
(b. 1497, Augsburg, d. 1543, London)
Double Portrait of Sir Thomas Godsalve and His Son John1528
Resin tempera on oak, 35 x 36 cm
Whereas the man on the right can be identified as Thomas Godsalve from the inscription on the paper he holds, the name of the younger, subordinate figure is not stated; yet the similarity of the two clearly shows that they are father and son. The rich landowner Godsalve was a close friend of Thomas Cromwell, thanks to whose influence Godsalve's son John, born in 1510, was able to embark on a career at court.