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Hans Holbein the Younger (1497/8-1543)

Queen Anne Boleyn (c.1500-1536). On the verso, a coat of arms of the Wyatt family, and other heraldic sketches c.1533-6

RCIN 912189

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This portrait, traditionally thought to represent Anne Boleyn, shows the sitter wearing an informal nightgown lined with fur, possibly the “black satin nightgown” given by Henry VIII to his future second wife during their courtship. Its appearance here is perhaps a deliberate indication of its significance and expense. The linen undercap, shaped with wire over the ears, is held in place by a band of linen, tied at the back. On formal occasions this would have been covered by a hood.