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Some Account Of The Life And Works Of Hans Holbein, Painter, of Augsburg. With Numerous Illustrations. By Ralph Nicholson Wornum, Keeper And Secretary National Gallery.

Ralph Nicholson Wornum

RA Collection: Book

Record number




London:: Chapman And Hall, 193, Piccadilly., 1867. (The Right of Translation is reserved.)

Physical Description

[2], 426, [2] p., [8]pl. (incl. frontis. and dedic.pl.): illus.;272 mm. (Octavo.)


[Half-t., frontis., t.p., dedic. pl.] - Preface - Contents - List Of Illustrations - [Text] - Appendix I. Inventory of Pictures, &c., belonging to Henry VIII., in 1547; II. Catalogue of Portraits by Holbein ... at Windsor - Index; [colophon] - [Advertisement].

Responsibility Note

Some plates are signed as after Holbein, and all (apart from the two photographs and the frontispiece portrait) as drawn by A. Reid. The frontispiece portrait is signed as engraved by C.W. Sharpe, and the last plate as engraved by Dalziel. Some in-text illustrations are signed as by Holbein; most are signed as drawn by A. Reid; a few, as engraved by Dalziel.

The printer is named on the half-title verso and in the colophon: 'London: Printed By William Clowes And Sons, Stamford Street And Charing Cross.'

The work is dedicated 'To my friend John Ruskin'.


E. Michael, Hans Holbein the younger: a guide to research (1997); D. Robertson, Sir Charles Eastlake and the Victorian art world (1978).

Summary Note

The text is biographic and critical. It includes a catalogue of portraits and drawings by Holbein at Windsor Castle, and Wornum's arguments for the credentials of the Basel version of Holbein's Virgin and Child (the 'Meier Madonna') as against the Dresden copy.

The plates show works by Holbein. Two are photographs pasted in.

In-text illustrations are mainly head- and tail-pieces and initials, several incorporating designs by Holbein.

Binding Note

19th-century green cloth-covered boards, upper cover decorated in gilt, lower in blind; spine lettered 'Life And Works Of Holbein - Wornum'.

Name as Subject


Painters - Artists - Paintings - Switzerland - Basel - Great Britain - History - 16th century
Art history - Biography - Great Britain - 19th century


John Ruskin, dedicatee
Hans Holbein the younger, source artist
Andrew Reid, draughtsman
Charles William Sharpe, engraver
Edward Dalziel, engraver
Chapman and Hall (London), publisher
William Clowes and Sons, printer