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Hans Holbein the Younger (1497/8-1543)

Thomas Howard, Third Duke of Norfolk (1473-1554) circa 1539

RCIN 404439

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Thomas Howard was one of the most powerful nobles in the country, with close family connections to Henry VIII. Wearing the Order of the Garter, he holds the gold baton of Earl Marshal, and the white staff of Lord High Treasurer. The three-quarter-length format, rare in Holbein’s work, gave the Duke a more imposing presence than in reality, since he was described as ‘small and spare in person’.