AFTER HANS HOLBEIN THE YOUNGER (Augsburg 1497-1543 London)
A lady from Basel in elegant costume and a feathered hat
pen and brown ink and watercolor
11 x 7 in. (28 x 17.8 cm)
Duke of Anhalt (1861-1918), Dessau; Sotheby’s, London, 25 November 1931, lot 5 (with a drawing by J. H. Fuseli).
with August Laube Buch & Kunstantiquariat, Zürich.
with Schaeffer Galleries, New York.
C. Müller, Katalog der Zeichnungen des 15. und 16. Jahrunderts, IIA, Die Zeichnungen von Hans Holbein dem Jüngeren und Ambrosius Holbein, Basel 1996, p. 97, under no. 143.
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The drawing is an interpretation in color of a work by Holbein, known from a contemporary copy at the Kunstmuseum Basel, inv. (C. Müller, op. cit., no. 143, pl. 44). Another version, dated to the late 16th Century, is at the Morgan Library & Museum (inv. 1982.7). The present drawing has been attributed to the Zürich artist Dietrich Meyer the Elder (1572-1658). Christian von Mechel included a print showing (in reverse) the same composition in a collection of plates after Holbein published in 1790.
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