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Conserving Holbein's 'Hans of Antwerp'

Hans Holbein the Younger’s portrait of A Steelyard Merchant, 'Hans of Antwerp' was first recorded in the Royal Collection in 1639 when the painting hung in Charles I’s Chair Room at Whitehall Palace.

A major, two year conservation project by Royal Collection Trust has brought the portrait back to life, giving us a clearer idea of what it looked like when Holbein first painted it, revealing previously lost detail which provide clues to who 'Hans of Antwerp' really was.

Read more about the project in our Conservation section.

The income from your ticket contributes directly to The Royal Collection Trust, a registered charity. The aims of The Royal Collection Trust are the care and conservation of the Royal Collection, and the promotion of access and enjoyment through exhibitions, publications, loans and educational activities.