The Faces of Thomas Boleyn and Mary Boleyn?
Posted By Claire on October 28, 2011
I’ve just been contacted by Roland Hui, author of “A Reassessment of Queen Anne Boleyn’s Portraiture”, which is rather a coincidence as I actually mentioned him in my webinar last night in reference to his thoughts on the Hornebolte (or Horenbout) miniature which some people believe to be Anne Boleyn and others believe to be Mary Boleyn.
Hui has written a new article about the miniatures of Lucas Hornebolte proposing that Hornebolte actually painted Thomas Boleyn and Mary Boleyn – see “Two New Faces: the Hornebolte Portraits of Mary and Thomas Boleyn?”
Hui argues that a miniature once thought to have been of Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk, may well be of Thomas Boleyn. The age of the sitter certainly fits with the date of the portrait (c.1525) and Boleyn was an important courtier, being elevated to the title of Viscount Rochford at this time. Hui also argues that it may have been Boleyn, and not William Carey, Mary’s husband, who was Hornebolte’s patron.
It really is a very interesting article, so please do take the time to read it.