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Hans Holbein the Younger

(1497 or 1498-1543)

Sitter associated with 25 portraits
Artist associated with 314 portraits
Painter, printmaker and designer, best known for the compelling realism of his portraits. He learnt painting from his father, Hans Holbein the Elder, and worked in Basle, Switzerland, before moving to England in 1526-28. He returned in 1531/2 and remained here until his death. He depicted some of the most prominent figures at the court of Henry VIII. Over eighty of his portrait drawings survive, in addition to miniatures and full-length portraits in oil, providing a remarkable document of the period. The demand for his work increased in the years following his death due to both the importance of his sitters and his own fame and reputation as an artist. As a result there was a lively market for copies of his portraits.

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Hans Holbein the Younger, after Hans Holbein the Younger - NPG D24346

Hans Holbein the Younger

after Hans Holbein the Younger
etching and line engraving, 17th century
NPG D24346

Hans Holbein the Younger, after Hans Holbein the Younger - NPG D45763

Hans Holbein the Younger

after Hans Holbein the Younger
etching and line engraving, 17th century
NPG D45763

Hans Holbein the Younger, after Hans Holbein the Younger - NPG D45764

Hans Holbein the Younger

after Hans Holbein the Younger
etching and line engraving, 17th century
NPG D45764

Hans Holbein the Younger, published by Musaeo Feschiano (Faesch Museum), after  Hans Holbein the Younger - NPG D45765

Hans Holbein the Younger

published by Musaeo Feschiano (Faesch Museum), after Hans Holbein the Younger
etching and line engraving, 17th century
NPG D45765

Hans Holbein the Younger, by and published by Hendrik Hondius (Hond) - NPG D45769

Hans Holbein the Younger

by and published by Hendrik Hondius (Hond)
etching and line engraving, published circa 1610
NPG D45769

Hans Holbein the Younger, probably by and published by Lucas Vorsterman, after  Hans Holbein the Younger - NPG D24341

Hans Holbein the Younger

probably by and published by Lucas Vorsterman, after Hans Holbein the Younger
line engraving, circa 1647-1650s
NPG D24341

Hans Holbein the Younger, by Richard Gaywood, published by  Peter Stent, after  Hans Holbein the Younger - NPG D24342

Hans Holbein the Younger

by Richard Gaywood, published by Peter Stent, after Hans Holbein the Younger
etching, circa 1647-1665
NPG D24342

Hans Holbein the Younger, by Wenceslaus Hollar, published by  Joachim Ottens, and published by  Frederick de Wit, after  Hans Holbein the Younger - NPG D24343

Hans Holbein the Younger

by Wenceslaus Hollar, published by Joachim Ottens, and published by Frederick de Wit, after Hans Holbein the Younger
etching, 1647 (1543)
NPG D24343

Hans Holbein the Younger, by Wenceslaus Hollar, published by  Frederick de Wit, after  Hans Holbein the Younger - NPG D45759

Hans Holbein the Younger

by Wenceslaus Hollar, published by Frederick de Wit, after Hans Holbein the Younger
etching, 1647 (1543)
NPG D45759

Hans Holbein the Younger, by Wenceslaus Hollar, after  Hans Holbein the Younger - NPG D45760

Hans Holbein the Younger

by Wenceslaus Hollar, after Hans Holbein the Younger
etching, 1647 (1543)
NPG D45760

Hans Holbein the Younger, probably by and published by Lucas Vorsterman, after  Hans Holbein the Younger - NPG D45761

Hans Holbein the Younger

probably by and published by Lucas Vorsterman, after Hans Holbein the Younger
line engraving, circa 1647-1650s
NPG D45761

Hans Holbein the Younger, by Richard Gaywood, after  Hans Holbein the Younger - NPG D45762

Hans Holbein the Younger

by Richard Gaywood, after Hans Holbein the Younger
etching, circa 1647-1665
NPG D45762

Hans Holbein the Younger, published by Balthasar Moncornet, after  Hans Holbein the Younger - NPG D45767

Hans Holbein the Younger

published by Balthasar Moncornet, after Hans Holbein the Younger
line engraving and etching, 1658
NPG D45767

Hans Holbein the Younger, published by Balthasar Moncornet, after  Hans Holbein the Younger - NPG D45768

Hans Holbein the Younger

published by Balthasar Moncornet, after Hans Holbein the Younger
line engraving and etching, 1658
NPG D45768

Hans Holbein the Younger, after Hans Holbein the Younger - NPG D24344

Hans Holbein the Younger

after Hans Holbein the Younger
line engraving, perhaps 18th century
NPG D24344

Hans Holbein the Younger, after Unknown artist - NPG D24345

Hans Holbein the Younger

after Unknown artist
etching, perhaps 18th century
NPG D24345

Hans Holbein the Younger, by G. Barrett, after  Hans Holbein the Younger - NPG D24349

Hans Holbein the Younger

by G. Barrett, after Hans Holbein the Younger
line engraving, 18th century
NPG D24349

Called Hans Holbein the Younger; Hans Holbein the Younger, published by Musaeo Feschiano (Faesch Museum), after  Hans Holbein the Younger - NPG D45770

Called Hans Holbein the Younger; Hans Holbein the Younger

published by Musaeo Feschiano (Faesch Museum), after Hans Holbein the Younger
etching and line engraving, 18th century
NPG D45770

Hans Holbein the Younger, after Unknown artist - NPG D45766

Hans Holbein the Younger

after Unknown artist
line engraving, 18th century
NPG D45766

Hans Holbein the Younger, by Nicoló Billy, probably after  Hans Holbein the Younger - NPG D35935

Hans Holbein the Younger

by Nicoló Billy, probably after Hans Holbein the Younger
line engraving, published 1748
NPG D35935

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