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After Hans Holbein the Younger
After Hans Holbein the Younger
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PROPERTY FROM FARINGDON HOUSE, OXFORDSHIRE, LOTS 1-145
After Hans Holbein the Younger

Portrait of Sir Henry Guilford, half-length, in a gold embroidered doublet, wearing the collar of the Order of the Garter

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After Hans Holbein the Younger
Portrait of Sir Henry Guilford, half-length, in a gold embroidered doublet, wearing the collar of the Order of the Garter
inscribed '.SER.HARRY/ GYLLDFORD.' (upper left and right)
oil on panel
25 ½ x 20 7/8 in. (64.8 x 52.6 cm.)
Provenance
The Hon. H. Tyrwhitt-Wilson, Keythorpe Hall, by 1890 and by descent.
Exhibited
London, The New Gallery, Exhibition of the Royal House of Tudor, 1890, no. 146.

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This carefully executed portrait takes as its prototype Hans Holbein’s portrait of Sir Henry Guildford, circa 1527, in the Royal Collection at Windsor (RCIN 400046). Guildford, a long-time favourite of Henry VIII, is luxuriously dressed in cloth-of-gold, furs and velvet and holds the staff of the office of the Comptroller of the Household, a role he had taken over from Sir Thomas Boleyn in 1521. Unusually, the present portrait differs from the prototype in the cartouche on Guildford’s hat. Where the current work depicts the bust of a philosopher, possibly Aristotle, the original shows a clock and geometrical instruments.

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