London, South Kensington
5 December 2013
Portrait of Johan Froben (also known as Johannes Frobenius) (c. 1460-1527), after Hans Holbein the Younger (c. 1497-1543), quarter length, in a black coat with a fur collar
coloured chalks, on buff paper
10¾ x 8¼ in. (27.3 x 20.8 cm.)
Albert Hartshorne, F.S.A..
Anonymous sale; Christie's, London, 24 March 1987, lot 61, as attributed to Edward Luttrell (c. 1650-1724).
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London, New Gallery, The Tudor Exhibition, 1890 (lent by Albert Hawthorn, Winkworth).
The present drawing is a copy from a painting by Holbein of the celebrated book printer and publisher Johann Froben, a version of which is in the Royal Collection. Froben established himself in Basel in the latter part of the 15th Century and rapidly gained a reputation as one of the finest and most innovative practicioners. He was thus instrumental in establishing Basel and indeed Switzerland at the centre of the book trade at this time. Froben employed various artists to illustrate his texts including Hans Holbein the younger.
This drawing has been traditionally attributed to Edward Luttrell (c. 1650-1724).
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