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Anne Boleyn - Engraving after Holbein Portrait, 1530
October 1, 2013
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This engraving, supposedly of Anne Boleyn based on a Holbein portrait, appears in Cavendish’s ‘The Life of Cardinal Wolsey’ edited by S.W. Singer. The sitter is aged 27 in 1530. Could this be based on the Holbein portrait that Paul Friedmann was referring to in his biography of Anne Boleyn? In any case, the sitter is quite lovely. What do you think?

http://archive.org/stream/life…..7/mode/1up

http://www.albion-prints.com/b…..3865-p.asp

Anna Boleyn. Born anno 1503 Married to Henry VIII King of England anno 1530, Beheaded 19th May 1536.
Engraved by R. Cooper 9 Upper Pratt Place Camden Town from an original Picture by Hans Holbein in the possession of M. Wocker at Basle.
London, Pubd. May 1st. 1824, by R. Ackermann, 101 Strand.
A very fine stipple, etching and engraving with large margins. Plate 400 x 279mm. 15¾ x 11″.
According the British Museum, this item is not listed by Ganz or Rowlands among the paintings or drawings by Holbein. The identification as Anne Boleyn may also be incorrect, although the sitter bears some resemblance to the woman depicted in a drawing attributed to Holbein and thought to be of Anne in the Royal Collection.
http://www.grosvenorprints.com…..ch1=Submit

October 2, 2013
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I’m inclined to think that these pictures are more likely to be Anne of Cleves rather than Anne Boleyn. For some reason the way the sitter is posed seems more the way Anne of Cleves held herself. The manner of dress too makes the sitter look quite lumpy. Anne.B had curves and her clothes clung to her body making her appear more sexy.
The clothes on the sitter of these portraits looks like they are well filled out if that makes sence. I think they have been mislabeled. To me at least they are of Anne of Cleves.

Semper Fidelis, quod sum quod

October 2, 2013
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I think that the engraving is actually one of Anne of Bohemia (dont quote me) or someone with a similar name. It was passed down the centuries and along the way the Bohemia turned it a Boleyn. Its a case of mislabelling or maybe it was just an artists impression of Anne but the clothes the sitter is wearing is not right for the time that Anne lived

October 2, 2013
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Boleyn said

I’m inclined to think that these pictures are more likely to be Anne of Cleves rather than Anne Boleyn. For some reason the way the sitter is posed seems more the way Anne of Cleves held herself. The manner of dress too makes the sitter look quite lumpy. Anne.B had curves and her clothes clung to her body making her appear more sexy.
The clothes on the sitter of these portraits looks like they are well filled out if that makes sence. I think they have been mislabeled. To me at least they are of Anne of Cleves.

The crucifix necklace featured in the Cooper engraving also features in virtually all the major Anne of Cleves portraits that we know of. :)

October 2, 2013
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I’ve seen one of Anne of Cleves that looks a bit similar to that too. Awesome hat! I have never seen that one before though

October 2, 2013
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Mimico said

I think that the engraving is actually one of Anne of Bohemia (dont quote me) or someone with a similar name. It was passed down the centuries and along the way the Bohemia turned it a Boleyn. Its a case of mislabelling or maybe it was just an artists impression of Anne but the clothes the sitter is wearing is not right for the time that Anne lived

Yup. On investigation, it looks like the portrait is of Anne of Bohemia, painted by Hans Maler.

October 2, 2013
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Steve, Mimico, you are absolutely right, the third portrait down here is identical

http://jeannedepompadour.blogs…..y-and.html

Thanks everyone, I knew I could count on you!

October 2, 2013
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Mystery solved, then, until something jumps up and bites us in the arse that is.

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October 2, 2013
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Boleyn said

Mystery solved, then, until something jumps up and bites us in the arse that is.

Laugh

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Mariette said

Boleyn said

Mystery solved, then, until something jumps up and bites us in the arse that is.

Laugh

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