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Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2014

Mary, Duchess of Richmond and Somerset (c.1519-c.1555)


Creator: Hans Holbein the Younger (1497/8-1543) (artist)
Creation Date: 
Materials and techniques: 
Black and coloured chalks, and brush and ink on pale pink prepared paper
26.6 x 19.9 cm
RL 12212
P(H) 16
Acquirer: Edward VI, King of England (1537-53)
Edward 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

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.

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Additional Acquirers: Prince Henry Frederick, Prince of Wales, 1st son of James I, King of Great Britain (1594-1612)
Charles II, King of Great Britain (1630-85)
Unframed Drawings / Watercolours