Portrait of a Man (Sir Ralph Sadler?)

Workshop of Hans Holbein the Younger German

Not on view

During his second sojourn in London (1532–43), Holbein catered primarily to Henry VIII’s requests, but he also worked for many courtiers who were eager to have their portraits made by the king’s painter. He began such commissions by capturing the likeness of the sitter on paper. This portrait of an unidentified twenty-eight-year-old man can be directly linked to a preparatory study (Royal Collection, Windsor Castle). The masterfully executed drawing was used for transfer, since its incised lines match the contours of the portrait precisely. Holbein left the painting’s execution to a workshop assistant.

Portrait of a Man (Sir Ralph Sadler?), Workshop of Hans Holbein the Younger (German, Augsburg 1497/98–1543 London), Oil and gold on oak

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