Francesco BARTOLOZZI after Hans Holbein
PORTRAIT OF HANS HOLBEIN AT KENSINGTON PALACE
9½ x 12¾ inches
A pair of stipple plate etchings by Francesco Bartolozzi after the portraits by Hans Holbein, published in London by Chamberlaine, 1798.
This famous self-portrait of the great sixteenth century Flemish artist, Hans Holbein, and the accompanying portrait of his wife formed part of the collection at Kensington Palace. Holbein first came to England in 1526 and fell in with Sir Thomas More and his influential circle who were quick to commission his talents. He returned to Basel for a while but soon found that he was required to go back to London where, from 1532 onwards, he enjoyed the support and patronage of Henry VIII and his court.