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Thursday 15 July 2021

Francesco Bartolozzi’s stipple engraving, “Sir Philip Hobby”, 1796, after Hans Holbein the Younger

Francesco Bartolozzi (1728–1815)

“Sir Philip Hobby” (aka “Phillip Hobbie Knight”), 1796, after a chalk drawing by Hans Holbein the Younger (1497/8–1543) (see, 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.

For details about the publication in which this print features, see the description of the copy held by Heritage Book Shop:

Etching and stipple engraving, printed in colour (a la poupée) on pink wove paper with wide margins.

Size: (sheet) 44.5 x 35.7 cm; (plate) 36.3 x 27.8 cm; (image borderline) 30.5 x 22 cm.

Lettered in plate within the image borderline: (lower centre) “Phillip Hobbie Knight”.

Lettered in plate below the image borderline: (left) "From the Original Drawing by Hans Holbein”; (centre) "IN HIS MAJESTY’S COLLECTION/ Pub..d as the Act directs Aug.25.1796. by, I.Chamberlaine, Brompton Row, Knightsbridge.”; (right) "Engraved by F. Bartolozzi RA Historical Engraver to his Majesty.”

State ii (of ii) open-letter state.

De Vesme & Calabi 1140 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. 1140 ii).

See also the description of this print (not illustrated) by The Metropolitan Museum of Art:

Condition: an extraordinarily delicate and beautifully printed impression with generous margins. The sheet is in a near pristine condition with no tears, holes, folds, stains, foxing or signs of handling.

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$214.60/EUR181.06/GBP154.97 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 in marvellous condition, please contact me ( and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

This print has been sold

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