Horace Walpole's Strawberry Hill Collection
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This item is located in the Tribune [Cabinet].

Portrait Miniature of Katherine Howard
Mary Tudor, Queen of France, sister of Henry 8th

Strawberry Hill ID: sh-000454
Holbein, Hans, the younger (German painter, draftsman, b.1497/98-d.1543)

Watercolour on vellum set in gilt metal frame,
5.3 cm. (diam.)
Inscriptions: on recto: R; cartouche engraved: CATHERINE HOWARD
Trustees of the Ninth Duke of Buccleuch’s Chattels Fund

Strawberry Hill History

Location: Tribune [Cabinet]

1774 Description: Within the cabinet of enamels and miniatures… On the insides of the doors:…A lady, painted by Holbein; engraved by Hollar when in the Arundelian collection, and probably Mary Tudor queen of France, sister of Henry 8th. but amongst the Illustrious Heads called Catharine Howard. This was also Richardson’s. (84)

1784 Description: Text same as 1774 Description (60)

Sale Text: A miniature of Catherine Howard, a remarkably fine Portrait by Holbein It was purchased from the Arundel collection, and afterwards belonged to Richardson, and is engraved by Houbraken among the Heads of Illustrious Persons (146).

Object History

Provenance: Thomas Howard, 2nd Earl of Arundel Collection; Jonathan Richardson, the younger; Horace Walpole; 1842, Strawberry Hill Sale, day 14, lot 68, bt Conningham, Esq., £26.5.0; Walter Francis, 5th Duke of Buccleuch and 7th Duke of Queensberry (frame c4, later 1/4); by family descent.

Exhibition History: "Horace Walpole's Strawberry Hill," Yale Center for British Art, 15 October 2009 - 3 January 2010; Victoria and Albert Museum, 5 March 2010 - 4 July 2010, cat. no. 208.

Bibliography: Lionel Cust, ‘A Portrait of Queen Catherine Howard, by Hans Holbein the Younger’, The Burlington Magazine 17, no. 8 (July 1910), 1.
H. A. Kennedy, Early English Miniatures in the Collection of the Duke of Buccleuch (London: The Studio Ltd, 1917), 3, pl. 2a.
HW Corres. 40: 365–6.
Roy Strong, The English Renaissance Miniature(London and New York: Thames and Hudson, 1983), 47, 49, fig. 49.
John Rowlands, The Paintings of Hans Holbein the younger: Complete Edition (Oxford: Phaidon, 1985), no. M7, 151 and 132.
Stephen Lloyd, Portrait Miniatures from the Collection of the Duke of Bucceluch (Edinburgh: The Trustees of the National Galleries of Scotland, 1996), 38–9, cat. 9, pl. 8.
S. Doran, ed., Henry VIII: Man and Monarch (London: British Library, 2009), 228, no. 224.