© National Portrait Gallery, London
Hans Holbein the Younger
by John Girtin Click on the links below to find out more
etching, possibly early 19th century
6 1/2 in. x 4 3/4 in. (165 mm x 120 mm) paper size
Given by the daughter of compiler William Fleming MD, Mary Elizabeth Stopford (née Fleming), 1931
- Hans Holbein the Younger (1497 or 1498-1543). Sitter associated with 25 portraits, Artist associated with 314 portraits.
- John Girtin (circa 1780-after 1820), Engraver and printer; brother of Thomas Girtin. Artist associated with 9 portraits.
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