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

Courtier of Henry VIII and his Wife

Oil on linden panel, diameter 12 cm (each)
Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna

Starting in the 1530s and continuing into the early 1540s, Holbein made a number of small, round bust-length portraits of various sitters, including potential wives for Henry VIII, members of the royal household, and servants to the king. Some were painted in oil on wood, others in bodycolour on vellum as miniatures.

The initials H and R on the red coat of the sitter of the present male portrait indicate "Hendricus Rex", service to King Henry VIII.

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