Recto: Portrait of an unknown Woman
Verso: Study of a Man reading


  • Title

    Recto: Portrait of an unknown Woman
    Verso: Study of a Man reading

  • Artist/maker

    Hans Holbein, the Elder (c. 1460 - 1524)
  • Associated place

    Europe (place of creation)
  • Date

    1490 - 1515
  • Material and technique

    recto: silverpoint on light grey prepared laid paper, touched with red chalk, and partly reinforced with pen
    verso: silverpoint on a prepared ground, slightly darker than that on the recto

  • Object type

  • Dimensions

    sheet 8.1 x 9 cm (height x width)
  • No. of items


  • Credit line

    Purchased with the assistance of Blakiston Fund, the Art Fund and V&A Purchase Grant Fund, 1972.

  • Museum location

  • Museum department

    Western Art

  • Accession no.


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Further reading

Piper, David, and Christopher White, Treasures of the Ashmolean Museum: An Illustrated Souvenir of the Collections, revised edn (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 1995), no. 53 on p. 54, illus. p. 54 fig. 53

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