Item 001/48 - Henry VIII after Hans Holbein by Irene Begbie Ellissen

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GB 2014 WS-03-PIC-001/48


Henry VIII after Hans Holbein by Irene Begbie Ellissen


  • [19th Century] (Creation)

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1 item, Oil on wooden panel

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At the school by 1921 as recorded by the Sargeaunt list - but recorded as having been given the School by the Artist in The Elizabethan, December 1936. This is an interesting copy of Holbein's famous design of which his fresco was at Whitechapel, the cartoon for this is in the National Portrait Gallery. Contemporary copies by students of Holbein are in the Royal Collection, NPG, Manchester Gallery, Warwick, Castle Howard and Petworth

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Three-quarters length portrait, full face; he wears a jewelled coat with ermine trim and clasps of gold and ruby, hat and round his neck is a finely jewelled collar; on his right hand he wears a jewelled ring and with it he clasps a leather glove; in his left hand he clasps a sword or staff with a jewelled hilt. Irene Begbie-Ellissen was the mother of Francis Lyon Gordon Ellissen (AHH 1932-1935).

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Access to collection items is granted to bona-fide researchers, by prior appointment, subject to the overriding provisions of relevant legislation, including Data Protection.

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A reprographics service is available to researchers subject to the access restrictions outlined above. Copying will not be undertaken if there is any risk of damage to the item. Copies are supplied in accordance with Westminster School

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39" x 28"

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Westminster School Archive

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  • English


  • Latin


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