Portrait of Sir Thomas More (Holbein)

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Portrait of Sir Thomas More
Hans Holbein, the Younger - Sir Thomas More - Google Art Project.jpg
Artist Hans Holbein the Younger
Year 1527
Type Oil on oak
Dimensions 74.2 cm × 59 cm (29.2 in × 23 in)
Location Frick Collection, New York

Portrait of Sir Thomas More is an oak panel painting commissioned in 1527 of Thomas More by the German artist and printmaker Hans Holbein the Younger, now in the Frick Collection in New York.

The work was created during the period from 1526 when Holbein lived in London. He gained the friendship of the Dutch humanist Desiderius Erasmus, who recommended that he befriend More, then a powerful, knighted speaker at the English Parliament.[1]

A closely related, though probably not directly preparatory, drawing with bodycolour is in the Royal Collection,[2] and there is a copy in the National Portrait Gallery, probably "painted in Italy or Austria in the early seventeenth century".[3] Possibly this is the version catalogued in the Leuchtenberg Gallery in 1852.

Another Holbein portrait of More, part of a large group portrait of his family, is now lost, but several drawings (also mostly in the Royal Collection) and copies survive.[4]


A valuable portrait or painting of Sir Thomas More by Holbein formed part of the residuary personal estate of Thomas Carr Esq. of John Street, Bedford Row and of Hampton, Middlesex Solicitor by his Will proved at London 27 October 1837.


External video
Hans Holbein, the Younger, Sir Thomas More, Frick Collection[5]


  • Bätschmann, Oskar & Griener, Pascal. Hans Holbein. Reaktion Books, 1999. ISBN 1-86189-040-0