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Drawing - Portrait of an Unknown Man, possibily identifiable as Thomas Seymour (c.1508-49)
  • Portrait of an Unknown Man, possibily identifiable as Thomas Seymour (c.1508-49)
    Holbein, Hans II the younger, born 1497 - died 1543
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Portrait of an Unknown Man, possibily identifiable as Thomas Seymour (c.1508-49)

  • Object:

    Drawing

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1535 - 1540 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Holbein, Hans II the younger, born 1497 - died 1543 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Black and coloured chalks on prepared paper

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Rev. Alexander Dyce

  • Museum number:

    DYCE.363

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, room WS, case R, shelf 20, box R

On the basis of comparison with an identified portrait miniature from Holbein's circle (National Maritime Museum, London; MNT 0137) it has been suggested (by Oliver, et. al. 2006) that this drawing may be a likeness of Thomas Seymour (c.1508-49), the brother of Jane Seymour, Henry VIII's 3rd wife, who married Henry's widow Katherine Parr in 1547 and was executed for treason in 1549).

Physical description

Portrait, head and shoulders, of a bearded middle-aged man, bare-headed and wearing a fur collar. Three-quarter face, turned to left; Black and coloured chalks on prepared paper.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

ca. 1535 - 1540 (made)

Artist/maker

Holbein, Hans II the younger, born 1497 - died 1543 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Black and coloured chalks on prepared paper

Marks and inscriptions

Holbein
Inscribed in pencil on the original mount.

Dimensions

Height: 35.6 cm from catalogue., Width: 27 cm from catalogue.

Object history note

This drawing was formerly in the collection of Padre Resta and bears an unidentified mark, probably that of an English collector of the late 17th or early 18th century.

Descriptive line

Holbein, Hans (II); Portrait, head and shoulders, of a bearded middle-aged man, bare-headed and wearing a fur collar. Three-quarter face, turned to left; Black and coloured chalks on prepared paper; England; 16th century

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Foister, Susan, with contributions by Tim Batchelor Holbein in England Tate Publishing, 2006. ISBN: 1 85437 645 4.
Lois Oliver with Victoria Button, Alan Derbyshire, Nick Frayling and Rob Withnall, 'New evidence towards an attribution to Holbein of a drawing in the Victoria and Albert Museum', Burlington Magazine, March 2006, CXLVIII, 168-172
DYCE COLLECTION. A Catalogue of the Paintings, Miniatures, Drawings, Engravings, Rings and Miscellaneous Objects Bequeathed by The Reverend Alexander Dyce. London : South Kensington Museum, 1874.
Lambert, Susan. Drawing: Technique & Purpose. London: Victoria & Albert Museum, 1981. p.21.

Materials

Chalk; Prepared paper

Techniques

Drawing

Subjects depicted

Man

Categories

Drawings

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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