Hans Holbein the Younger (1497/8-1543)
Mary, Duchess of Richmond and Somerset (c.1519-c.1555) c.1532-3
Black and coloured chalks, and brush and ink on pale pink prepared paper | 26.6 x 19.9 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 912212
Mary, Duchess of Richmond and Somerset (c. 1519-c. 1555) c.1532-3
A portrait drawing of Mary, Duchess of Richmond and Somerset (c.1519-c.1555), the daughter of Thomas, 3rd Duke of Norfolk and sister of Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey. She was married to Henry Fitzroy, Duke of Richmond and Somerset, the illegitimate son of Henry VIII. The portrait shows the head and shoulders facing the front with downturned eyes. She wears a hat with a feather. The drawing is inscribed by the artist: samet rot (red velvet) and Schwarz felbet (black velvet). Inscribed in an eighteenth-century hand at upper left: The Lady of Richmond.
ProvenanceEdward VI, 1547; Henry FitzAlan, 12th Earl of Arundel; by whom bequeathed to John, Lord Lumley, 1580; by whom probably bequeathed to Henry, Prince of Wales, 1609, and thus inherited by Prince Charles (later Charles I), 1612; by whom exchanged with Philip Herbert, 4th Earl of Pembroke, 1627/8; by whom given to Thomas Howard, 2nd Earl of Arundel; acquired by Charles II by 1675
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