GERMAN SCHOOL, EARLY 16TH CENTURY
Portrait of Henry of Nassau-Breda (1483-1538), bust-length
oil on paper, laid down on panel
11 x 81⁄4 on. (27.9 x 20.9 cm.)
inscribed 'HENRY CONTE DE NASSOV FILZ DE IEHAN ET / NEPVEV . HERITIER DE FEV LE CONTE INGEL / BERT . SER: DE BREDA, EN LE A AGE DE · 20 · ÄS' (lower centre), with the letter 'F' incised into the panel (on the reverse)
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(Traditionally) Katherine of Aragon (1485-1536), Buckden Palace, Cambridgeshire, and later Kimbolton Castle, Huntingdonshire.
The Dukes of Manchester, Kimbolton Castle, and by descent to,
Alexander Drogo Montagu, 10th Duke of Manchester (1902-1977), and by inheritance to the present owner.
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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. 58, as ‘Mabuse’, in the Green Drawing Room.
London, The New Gallery, Exhibition of the Royal House of Tudor, 1890, no. 121, as ‘Jan de Mabuse’.
The sitter was the son of Count John V of Nassau Dillenburg and Elisabeth of Hesse-Marburg. He inherited the lordship of Breda and the duchy of Brabant from his uncle Engelbert II of Nassau in 1504 and, the following year, was admitted to the Order of the Golden Fleece. He was Stadholder of Holland and Zeeland between 1515-1521. Henry served as an important military commander in the Netherlands in the first quarter of the sixteenth century and was a prominent figure at the court of Emperor Charles V.
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