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Hans Holbein the Younger (1497/8-1543)

William Parr, later Marquess of Northampton (1513-1571) c.1538-42

RCIN 912231

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Aged eleven, William Parr (1513–71) entered the household of the King’s illegitimate son, Henry Fitzroy. He was appointed a Knight of the Garter in April 1543 and his sister Katherine became Henry’s sixth wife a few months later. Parr’s renowned good looks and elegance were skilfully captured by Holbein, who made copious notes about his dress and jewels on this drawing.