|Anthony Walker after Hans Holbein the Younger
|Published according to Act of Parliament by J. Boydell, Engravers in Cheapside, London: March 1st, 1764.
|Image 375 x 510 mm, Plate 420 x 535 mm, Sheet 465 x 550 mm
Text below image:
'From the Original Picture painted by Hans Holbein, in the Collection of Robert Bragg, M.D. To Whom this Plate is Dedicated; By his Most Obliged Humble Servant, J. Boydell. Size of the Picture, 3:3 3/4 by 4:3 in Length.'
A scene showing an attorney's office. The attorney sits at a desk covered with papers, reading a deed held in his left hand, holding out the other to receive a coin from an elderly man who holds his hat at his chest, he is attempting to make eye contact with the attorney who is lost in the deed. A young apprentice is sat on the other side of the desk, inscribing a new deed. A group of figures are seen huddling behind the elderly man, attentively watching. The British Museum has suggested this is after a painting wrongly attributed to Hans Holbein the Younger.
Hans Holbein the Younger (1497-1543) was a painter, draughtsman and designer of woodcuts. He also worked with glass-paintings, metalwork, and jewellery. Holbein was born in Augsburg. He worked in Basel as a journeyman at the end of 1515, and was first employed there with Ambrosius by humanist scholars and their printers. In 1519, he was admitted to the painters' guild. With an introduction from Erasmus to Sir Thomas More, he left for England at the end of August 1526, and stayed for two years working in the court circle, before returning to Basel. He returned to England in 1532, and, under the patronage of Henry VIII, he produced a succession of magnificent portraits. The most famous of which was the mural painting glorifying the Tudor dynasty in the Whitehall Palace. It was regrettably destroyed in the fire of 1698.
Anthony Walker (1726-1765) British printmaker and painter draughtsman working in London.
Condition: Professionally repaired tears and patches to area near apprentice, top right corner and area in text. Repaired tear to top margin into image. Dots of rust to bottom sheet edge.