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Hans Holbein the Younger (1497/8-1543)

Sir Richard Southwell (1502/3-1564) 1536

RCIN 912242

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Richard Southwell (1502/3 – 64) was a deft politician, renowned for his ruthlessness. This drawing is a study for a painting which shows Southwell aged thirty-three. Holbein noted at the edge of the paper that the sitter’s eyes were slightly yellowish and he carefully recorded the scars on Southwell’s neck.