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Biography of Hans Holbein The Younger 1497-1543
1527 Hans Holbein The Younger 1497-1543 (30) . Known as "Lady with a Squirrel and a Starling". The subject is believed to be Anne Ashby -1539 (-11) wife of Francis Lovell -1552 (18) . The starling is probably intended as a rhyming pun of East Harling, Norfolk , where the family had recently inherited the estate of East Harling Hall, East Harling, Norfolk . Squirrels nibbling on nuts feature on the heraldry of the Lovell family: the windows of the Church of St Peter and St Paul, East Harling, Norfolk include two of the family’s arms in stained glass, each showing six red squirrels. The commission may commemorate the birth of a son to the couple in the spring of 1526 , but it also showed off their new status as wealthy landowners.
In 1527 Hans Holbein The Younger 1497-1543 (30) . Portrait of Henry Guildford 1489-1532 (38) wearing the Garter and Inter-twined Knots Collar with St George Pendant .Standing three-quarter length, richly dressed in velvet, fur and cloth-of-gold. Holbein has meticulously shown the varied texture of his cloth-of-gold double which is woven into a pomegranate pattern with a variety of different weaves including loops of gold thread. Similarly, he has carefully articulated the band of black satin running down Guildford’s arm against the richer black of the velvet of his sleeve. A lavish use of both shell-gold paint and gold leaf (which has been used to emulate the highlights of the gold thread in the material) emphasises the luxuriousness of the sitter’s dress and his high status. In his right-hand he holds the Comptroller of the Household Staff of Office .
In 1527 Hans Holbein The Younger 1497-1543 (30) . Portrait of Mary Wotton 1499-1535 (28) when she was thirty-two commissioned with that of her husband Henry Guildford 1489-1532 (38) possibly to celebrate their marriage.Hung with gold chains and embellished with pearls, Lady Guildford embodies worldly prosperity, and with her prayer book she is also the very image of propriety.
Around 1535 Hans Holbein The Younger 1497-1543 (38) . Drawing of Catherine Willoughby Duchess Suffolk 1519-1580 (15) .
Around 1535 Hans Holbein The Younger 1497-1543 (38) . Portrait of Thomas Wriothesley 1st Earl Southampton 1505-1550 (29) .
After 1538 Hans Holbein The Younger 1497-1543 (41) . Drawing of Elizabeth Grey Baroness Audley Waldon -1564 based on she having become Lady Audley on 29 Nov 1538 .Coloured chalks, silverpoint, pen and ink on pink-primed paper, 29.2 × 20.7 cm, Royal Collection, Windsor Castle. The drawing is inscribed, by a later hand than Holbein's, "The Lady Audley".
Around 1539 Hans Holbein The Younger 1497-1543 (42) . Drawing of William Parr 1st Marquess Northampton 1512-1571 (27) .
Around 1539 Hans Holbein The Younger 1497-1543 (42) . Portrait believed to be of Elizabeth Seymour Baroness Cromwell Oakham 1518-1556 (21) .
1540 Hans Holbein The Younger 1497-1543 (43) .Miniature portrait of Henry VIII King England and Ireland 1491-1547 (48) .
08 May 1654 . John Evelyn's Diary 1654 May . I went to Hackney , to see Lady Brook's garden, which was one of the neatest and most celebrated in England, the house well furnished, but a despicable building. Returning, visited one Mr. Tomb's garden; it has large and noble walks, some modern statues, a vineyard, planted in strawberry borders, staked at ten feet distances, the banqueting-house of cedar, where the couch and seats were carved à l'antique; some good pictures in the house, especially one of Vandyke's , being a man in his shirt; also some of Stenwyck. I also called at Mr. Ducie's, who has indeed a rare collection of the best masters, and one of the largest stories of H. Holbein . I also saw Sir Thomas Fowler's aviary, which is a poor business.