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Sir William Butts

Etcher:
Wenceslaus Hollar (Bohemian, Prague 1607–1677 London)
Artist:
After Hans Holbein the Younger (German, Augsburg 1497/98–1543 London)
Publisher:
Adam Alexius Bierling (Netherlandish, 1625–1675)
Sitter:
Sir William Butts (British, 1585–1645)
Date:
1649
Medium:
Etching, first state of three NH)
Dimensions:
Sheet: 5 3/16 × 3 5/8 in. (13.2 × 9.2 cm) cut on and fractionally within the platemark
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
The Elisha Whittelsey Collection, The Elisha Whittelsey Fund, 1951
Accession Number:
51.501.2104
Not on view
Portrait of an elderly man with grey straight hair covering his ears, moustache and beard; bust-length to left; wearing a plumed hat with slashed rim, and fur stole over slashed doublet. According to New Hollstein, the suggestion that the sitter is Henry VIII's doctor, William Butts, is incorrect. However, the sitter resembles Charles Brandon, whose name is inscribed on the British Museum's impression (BM website).
Inscription: Lettered below image with production and publication details: 'HHolbein inu: / WHollar fecit, 1649, / Adam Alexius Bierling exc:'

Marking: Mounted on album sheet with number cut off,
ex. coll: Princes of Liechtenstein, Vaduz and Vienna
Gustav Mayer; Princes of Liechtenstein, Vaduz and Vienna; Vendor: P. & D. Colnaghi & Co.
Pennington 1554 only state; New Hollstein (Hollar part IV) 1066 I/III
Richard Pennington A Descriptive Catalogue of the Etched Work of Wenceslaus Hollar, 1607-1677. Cambridge, 1982.

Simon Turner Wenceslaus Hollar: New Hollstein German engravings, etchings and woodcuts, 1400-1700. Giulia Bartrum, vols. 1-9, 2009–2012.



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