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Tuesday 28 January 2020

Francesco Bartolozzi's stipple engraving, “Thomas Strange, Knight”, after Hans Holbein

Francesco Bartolozzi (1728–1815)

“Thomas Strange, Knight” (Sir Thomas Lestrange [1493–1545]), 1793, after Hans Holbein the Younger (1497/8–1543), from the famous series of 86 plates, “Persons of the Court of Henry VII”, published by John Chamberlaine (1745–1812) in “Imitations of Original Drawings by Hans Holbein, in the collection of His Majesty, for the portraits of illustrious persons of the court of Henry VIII” in 1793, London, before la poupée colouring.

For details about the book from which this print was extracted, see the description of the copy held by Heritage Book Shop:

Etching and stipple engraving printed on sepia coloured ink on cream laid paper (with watermark) with full margins as published with 18th century duty ink stamps verso.
Size: (sheet) 40.8 x 33.5 cm; (plate) 22.9 x 31 cm; (image borderline) 20.5 x 23.6 cm.
Lettered on plate within the image borderline: (upper left) “Tho: Strange Knight”.
Lettered on plate below the image borderline: (left) "From the Original Drawing by Hans Holbein”; (centre) "IN HIS MAJESTY’S COLLECTION / Published as the Act directs March 1 – 1793 by I Chamberlaine”; (right) "Engrav’d by F. Bartolozzi RA Hytorical Engraver to his Majesty”.
State ii (of ii) open-letter state.

De Vesme & Calabi 1160 ii (Alexandre de Vesme & Augusto Calabi, 1928, “Francesco Bartolozzi. Catalogue des estampes et notice biographique d'après les manuscrits de A. De Vesme entièrement réformés et complétés d'une étude critique par A. Calabi”, Milan, Guido Modiano. Milan, cat. no. 1160).

The Antique Print Club offer an insightful description of this print:

See also coloured versions of this print held by The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Te Papa Tongarewa (Museum of New Zealand):

Condition: an extraordinarily delicate and beautifully printed impression with full margins as published. There are two ink stamps verso featuring a crown and numbers that I assume are 18th century duty stamps and thin areas in the paper, otherwise the sheet is in excellent condition (i.e. there are no tears, holes, folds, significant stains or foxing).

I am selling this exceptionally fine stipple engraving executed by the master of the "crayon" method of engraving designed to imitate the gritty lines of a drawing for the total cost of AU$287 (currently US$188.32/EUR170.94/GBP144.63 at the time of posting this listing) including postage and handling to anywhere in the world (but not, of course, any import duties/taxes imposed by some countries).

If you are interested in purchasing this superb print, please contact me ( and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

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