© National Portrait Gallery, London
Anne of Cleves
by Jacobus Houbraken, published by John & Paul Knapton, after Hans Holbein the Younger Click on the links below to find out more
line engraving, 1740
14 7/8 in. x 9 1/8 in. (378 mm x 232 mm) plate size; 17 in. x 10 5/8 in. (432 mm x 269 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
- Anne of Cleves (1515-1557), Fourth Queen of Henry VIII. Sitter associated with 12 portraits.
- Hans Holbein the Younger (1497 or 1498-1543). Artist associated with 314 portraits, Sitter associated with 25 portraits.
- Jacobus Houbraken (1698-1780), Engraver. Artist associated with 433 portraits.
- John & Paul Knapton (active 1735-1789), Booksellers and publishers. Artist associated with 290 portraits.
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