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After Holbein, Hans, the younger (German painter, draftsman, born 1497 or 1498, died 1543, active in Switzerland and England) , Portrait of a Man: Reputedly Sir Thomas Wyatt

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Title Portrait of a Man: Reputedly Sir Thomas Wyatt
Collection Abbot Hall Gallery, Kendal
Artist After Holbein, Hans, the younger (German painter, draftsman, born 1497 or 1498, died 1543, active in Switzerland and England)
Date Earliest 1542
Date Latest probably about 1600
Description This portrait has been identified as Sir Thomas Wyatt (about 1521-1554) on the basis of the initials inscribed on either side of the sitter's head. Wyatt, the leading poet at the court of Henry VIII and a diplomat, was alleged to have been a lover of Anne Boleyn before her marriage to Henry VIII and was briefly imprisoned for it. However, he was released, later knighted and carried out a number of diplomatic missions for the King as well as receiving other positions and rewards as well as being accused of treason, again imprisoned and again released. He was also a renowned poet, credited with introducing the Petrarchian Italian sonnet form to English poetry. Perhaps it is a book of verse that he is holding in the portrait. This painting is clearly derived from the portrait of Wyatt after Holbein of about 1540 in the National Portrait Gallery, London, NPG 2809.
Current Accession Number AH 1119/73
Inscription front ul 'T'; front ur 'W'
Subject portrait (Wyatt, Sir Thomas ?)
Measurements 43.5 x 31 cm.0 cm (estimate)
Material oil on panel
Acquisition Details Given by Miss T. M. Baumgartner 1973.
Notes Label, back uc 'Sir Thomas Wyatt by Holbein'.
Rights Owner Lakeland Arts Trust
Author Lisa Howard
 

 

 

 

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