«This painting is based on a drawing in the Royal Collection at Windsor. Scholars do not these days attribute it to Holbein, owing to the style of the underdrawing and weaknesses in the execution. Susan Foister believes it to be a workshop portrait painted by an assistant under Holbein's supervision, while John Rowlands believes it is the work of a follower who might have trained under Holbein.»
Surely I am not the only one who has looked at this portrait and thought that it might be George Boleyn?
It would mean that he was a little younger than usually surmised, though, born in 1506/7 rather than 1504.
Elizabeth I, Armada Portrait, 1588
Queen Elizabeth I in Procession, c. 1600
Sir Thomas Wyatt the Younger
Sir Thomas Wyatt the Younger (1521 – 11 April 1554)
Henry Carey, 1st Baron Hunsdon (4 March 1526 – 23 July 1596)
«Oil painting on canvas, Anne Stanhope, Duchess of Somerset (?1497-1587), aged 16 (in the manner of Bernaert van Orley) by Thomas Youngerman Gooderson (fl.1846-1868), inscribed across top of painting: THE . DVTCHES . OF . SOMERSET . / ÆTATIS . HER . GRACE, / SVE . I6. A head-and-shoulders portrait of a young woman, turned slightly to the right, gazing to the right, wearing a white coif, brown dress, with dark brown fur collar and with a small chain round her neck and hanging chain tucked into the white triangle of her bodice. The original at Syon House looks Flemish c.1530-90 but is probably not of an English sitter.»
«Portrait of the Duchess of Somerset, three quarter length, nearly full face, standing, holding gloves and miniature; from a picture formerly at Strawberry Hill; after A More; No X in a set of plates; vignette Stipple on chine collé»
This engraving must be based on the same portrait as the engraving above.
Possible identification is based on the similarity to the Chevening Portrait above. Facial similarity, but also the unusually large hands and arms in both portraits. The fashion is also similar, and entirely in keeping with when Anne Stanhope, Duchess of Somerset would have been at the age of the lady in this portrait.
The sitter is clearly not Mary I Tudor.
Edward Seymour, Earl of Hertford and 1st Duke of Somerset (c. 1500 – 22 January 1552) and his wife Anne Stanhope, Duchess of Somerset (?1497-1587)
Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk
Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk (1473 – 25 August 1554)