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Hans Holbein the Younger

(1497 or 1498-1543)

Sitter in 19 portraits
Artist associated with 310 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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Thomas Cromwell, Earl of Essex, after Hans Holbein the Younger - NPG 1083

Thomas Cromwell, Earl of Essex

after Hans Holbein the Younger
oil on panel, 16th century
NPG 1083

John Fisher, after Hans Holbein the Younger - NPG 2821

John Fisher

after Hans Holbein the Younger
oil on paper, 16th century (circa 1527)
NPG 2821

Sir Thomas More, after Hans Holbein the Younger - NPG 4358

Sir Thomas More

after Hans Holbein the Younger
oil on panel, early 17th century (1527)
NPG 4358

Sir Thomas More, after Hans Holbein the Younger - NPG 3543

Sir Thomas More

after Hans Holbein the Younger
oil on panel, (1527)
NPG 3543

Sir Thomas More, after Hans Holbein the Younger - NPG 306

Sir Thomas More

after Hans Holbein the Younger
oil on panel, (1527)
NPG 306

William Warham, after Hans Holbein the Younger - NPG 2094

William Warham

after Hans Holbein the Younger
oil on panel, early 17th century (1527)
NPG 2094

Nicholas Kratzer, after Hans Holbein the Younger - NPG 5245

Nicholas Kratzer

after Hans Holbein the Younger
oil on panel, late 16th century (1528)
NPG 5245

Sir Nicholas Poyntz, after Hans Holbein the Younger - NPG 5583

Sir Nicholas Poyntz

after Hans Holbein the Younger
oil on paper, mounted onto panel, circa 1530-1599
NPG 5583

Thomas Cromwell, Earl of Essex, after Hans Holbein the Younger - NPG 1727

Thomas Cromwell, Earl of Essex

after Hans Holbein the Younger
oil on panel, early 17th century (1532-1533)
NPG 1727

Thomas Cromwell, Earl of Essex, attributed to Hans Holbein the Younger - NPG 6310

Thomas Cromwell, Earl of Essex

attributed to Hans Holbein the Younger
watercolour and bodycolour on vellum, circa 1532-1533
NPG 6310

King Henry VIII; King Henry VII, by Hans Holbein the Younger - NPG 4027

King Henry VIII; King Henry VII

by Hans Holbein the Younger
ink and watercolour, circa 1536-1537
On display in Room 1 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 4027

King Henry VIII, after Hans Holbein the Younger - NPG 157

King Henry VIII

after Hans Holbein the Younger
oil on copper, (1536)
NPG 157

King Henry VIII, after Hans Holbein the Younger - NPG 324

King Henry VIII

after Hans Holbein the Younger
oil on panel, (circa 1536-1537)
On display at Museum of London, London
NPG 324

Sir Richard Southwell, after Hans Holbein the Younger - NPG 4912

Sir Richard Southwell

after Hans Holbein the Younger
oil on panel, late 16th century (1536)
NPG 4912

Thomas Cromwell, Earl of Essex, studio of Hans Holbein the Younger - NPG 6311

Thomas Cromwell, Earl of Essex

studio of Hans Holbein the Younger
watercolour and bodycolour on vellum, circa 1537
NPG 6311

Sir William Butts, after Hans Holbein the Younger - NPG 210

Sir William Butts

after Hans Holbein the Younger
oil on panel, late 16th century (circa 1540-1543)
On display in Room 2 at Montacute House
NPG 210

Sir Thomas Wyatt, after Hans Holbein the Younger - NPG 1035

Sir Thomas Wyatt

after Hans Holbein the Younger
oil on panel, (circa 1540)
NPG 1035

Sir Thomas Wyatt, after Hans Holbein the Younger - NPG 2809

Sir Thomas Wyatt

after Hans Holbein the Younger
oil on panel, 16th century (circa 1540)
On display in Room 2 at Montacute House
NPG 2809

King Edward VI, after Hans Holbein the Younger - NPG 1132

King Edward VI

after Hans Holbein the Younger
oil on panel, (circa 1542)
NPG 1132

Sir Thomas More, his father, his household and his descendants, by Rowland Lockey, after  Hans Holbein the Younger - NPG 2765

Sir Thomas More, his father, his household and his descendants

by Rowland Lockey, after Hans Holbein the Younger
oil on canvas, circa 1593
NPG 2765

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