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Hans Holbein the Younger (1497 or 1498-1543)

Sitter in 12 portraits
Artist associated with 299 portraits
A German painter, printmaker and designer, Holbein became best known in England for the compelling realism of his portraits. The son of artist Hans Holbein the Elder, he learnt painting from his father and worked in Basle, Switzerland, before moving to London. Holbein worked in England from 1526-28 and returned in 1531/2, remaining here until his death. In addition to becoming court painter to Henry VIII he painted several courtiers, gentry and merchants. Over eighty portrait drawings survive, in addition to miniatures and full-length portraits in oil, providing a remarkable document of the period.

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