Height: 276.000 mm
Width: 191.000 mm
Bequeathed by George Salting
Prints and Drawings
Hans Holbein the Younger, Portrait of an English Woman, a drawing
The drawing was probably made during Holbein's second stay in England, probably in the mid-1530s. It used to be thought that the sitter was Margaret Roper, favourite daughter of Sir Thomas More (1478-1535), but the resemblance to Holbein's miniature painting of her (1536, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York) is not strong.
It is likely that
she was a lady at the English court of Henry VIII. She is drawn in
red and black chalk with touches of
The drawing was originally in a large volume of portrait drawings, most of which are now in the Royal Collection, Windsor Castle. This 'Great Booke' once belonged to Thomas Howard, earl of Arundel, who was a great patron and collector of art.
J. Rowlands with G. Bartrum, The age of Dürer and Holbein: (London, The British Museum Press, 1988)
J. Rowlands and G. Bartrum, Drawings by German artists in, 2 vols. (London, The British Museum Press, 1993)
J. Rowlands, Master drawings and watercolou (London, The British Museum Press, 1984)
S. Foister, A. Roy and M. Wyld, Making and meaning: Holbeins a (National Gallery, London, 1997-8)