Paintings during the first visit to England (1526-28)
by Hans HOLBEIN the Younger

By the mid-1520s, however, the violent disturbances associated with the Reformation put an end to this productivity. Religious paintings were viewed with disfavour and Holbein decided to look for work in England. The choice of England was perhaps encouraged by Erasmus, and his portraits of Erasmus form the prelude to the humanist portraits of Holbein's first English period.

A handful of portraits is all that remains of Holbein's first English period: the portraits of Sir Thomas More, William Warham, Unknown Lady with a Squirrel and a Starling, Nicholas Kratzer, Sir Henry and Lady Guildford, the double portrait of Sir Thomas Godsalve and his son John. His most remarkable work was a large group portrait of Sir Thomas More's family, which has since been destroyed.


Preview Picture Data Info
Lais of Corinth
1526
Limewood, 35 x 27 cm
Kunstmuseum, Öffentliche Kunstsammlung, Basel


Portrait of Sir Henry Guildford
1527
Oak, 83 x 66 cm
Royal Collection, Windsor


Portrait of Lady Mary Guildford
1527
Oak, 87 x 71 cm
Art Museum, Saint Louis


Portrait of Lady Mary Guildford
around 1550
Oil and gold on oak panel, 82 x 66 cm
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York


Portrait of William Warham, Archbishop of Canterbury
1527
Oil on oak, 82 x 67 cm
Musée du Louvre, Paris


Sir Thomas More
1527
Tempera on wood, 74 x 59 cm
Frick Collection, New York


Sir Brian Tuke
c. 1527
Oil on wood, 49 x 39 cm
National Gallery of Art, Washington


Portrait of a Lady with a Squirrel and a Starling
1527-28
Oil on oak, 54 x 39 cm
National Gallery, London


Portrait of a Lady with a Squirrel and a Starling (detail)
1527-28
Oil on oak
National Gallery, London


Double Portrait of Sir Thomas Godsalve and His Son John
1528
Resin tempera on oak, 35 x 36 cm
Gemäldegalerie, Dresden


Double Portrait of Sir Thomas Godsalve and His Son John (detail)
1528
Resin tempera on oak
Gemäldegalerie, Dresden


Portrait of Nikolaus Kratzer
1528
Tempera on oak, 83 x 67 cm
Musée du Louvre, Paris


Portrait of Nikolaus Kratzer (detail)
1528
Tempera on oak
Musée du Louvre, Paris



Summary of paintings by Hans Holbein the Younger
1515-19 | 1519-25 | altarpieces | 1526-28 | 1529-31
1532-35 | Ambassadors | Henry VIII and his family | 1536-43
drawings and woodcuts | miniatures | Miscellaneous works



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