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Hans Holbein the Younger

(1497 or 1498-1543), Painter, printmaker and designer; son of Hans Holbein the Elder

Sitter associated with 25 portraits
Artist associated with 315 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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William Warham

by George Vertue, after Hans Holbein the Younger
engraving, 1730s
NPG D42877

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Sir Thomas More

by Samuel Taylor, after Hans Holbein the Younger
mezzotint, circa 1736 (circa 1525-1550)
NPG D19004

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King Henry VIII; King Henry VII; Elizabeth of York; Jane Seymour

by George Vertue, after Remigius van Leemput, after Hans Holbein the Younger
line engraving, 1737
NPG D32813

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John Fisher

by Jacobus Houbraken, after Hans Holbein the Younger
line engraving, circa 1737-1742
NPG D42869

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Edward Seymour, 1st Duke of Somerset

by Jacobus Houbraken, published by John & Paul Knapton, after Hans Holbein the Younger
line engraving, published 1738
NPG D42884

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Thomas Cromwell, Earl of Essex

by Jacobus Houbraken, published by John & Paul Knapton, after Hans Holbein the Younger
line engraving, published 1739
NPG D42900

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Sir Thomas More

by Jacobus Houbraken, after Hans Holbein the Younger
line engraving, 1740
NPG D19687

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Sir Thomas More

by Jacobus Houbraken, published by John & Paul Knapton, after Hans Holbein the Younger
line engraving, published 1741 (1740)
NPG D42916

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Unknown woman formerly known as Anne Boleyn

by Jacobus Houbraken, published by John & Paul Knapton, after Hans Holbein the Younger
line engraving, circa 1746
NPG D20391

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Charles de Solier, Sieur de Morette

by Jacob Folkema, after Hans Holbein the Younger
line engraving, 1750-1757
NPG D39020

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King Henry VIII

by John Faber Jr, published by John Bowles, after Hans Holbein the Younger
mezzotint, published circa 1750-1775
NPG D19955

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Sir Thomas Wyatt

by Francesco Bartolozzi, published by John Chamberlaine, after Hans Holbein the Younger
colour stipple engraving, published 1 October 1793
NPG D18857

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'Family of Sir Thomas More'

by Christian von Mechel, after Hans Holbein the Younger
aquatint, 1794
NPG D19085

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Charles de Solier, Sieur de Morette

by Lazarus Gottlieb Sichling, printed by J. Becker, published by Ernst Arnold, after Hans Holbein the Younger
line engraving, mid 19th century
NPG D39019

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King Henry VIII

by William Thomas Fry, published by Harding & Lepard, after Hans Holbein the Younger
stipple engraving, published 1 December 1836
NPG D14929

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