AFTER HANS HOLBEIN THE YOUNGER
Portrait of Thomas Cromwell, 1st Earl of Essex, K.G. (1485-1540), bust-length, in a black cap
oil on panel
141⁄2 x 113⁄8 in. (36.8 x 28.9 cm.)
Please note this lot is the property of a private individual.
The Dukes of Manchester, Kimbolton Castle, Huntingdonshire, and by descent to,
Alexander Drogo Montagu, 10th Duke of Manchester (1902-1977), and by inheritance to the present owner.
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H. Walpole, ‘Horace Walpole's Journals of Visits to Country Seats etc.', The Volume of the Walpole Society, XVI, 1927-1928, p. 49, as ‘possibly by Holbein but repainted’.
William Montagu, Court and society from Elizabeth to Anne : Edited from the papers at Kimbolton, London, 1864, p. 3.
Consuelo Montagu, Duchess of Manchester (1853-1909), Catalogue of the Pictures at Kimbolton Castle, p. 8, no. 54, as ‘Holbein’, in the Green Drawing Room.
London, South Kensington Museum, The First Special Exhibition of National Portraits Ending with the Reign of King James the Second, April 1866, no. 113, as ‘Hans Holbein’.
Leeds, National Exhibition of Works of Art, 1868, no. 512, as 'Holbein'.
London, The New Gallery, Exhibition of the Royal House of Tudor, 1890, no. 163, as ‘Hans Holbein’.
This picture is after Holbein’s portrait of Cromwell, dated to c.1532-34, in the Frick Collection, New York. The portrait dates to a key period in Cromwell’s career, when he rose to be the most powerful and influential figure at King Henry VIII’s court. Cromwell was appointed Master of the Jewel House in 1532, Chancellor of the Exchequer the following year, and confirmed as the King’s principal secretary and chief minister in April 1534.
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