Friday, March 26, 2010

Elizabeth Jenks

(Drawing by Holbein the Younger)

Elizabeth Jenks was born in 1510. She was the daughter of William Jenks and Elizabeth Adams. She married Richard Rich, 1st Baron Rich. She died on 12 December 1558.2 Her married name became Rich.

Artist: Workshop of Hans Holbein the Younger (English, after 1536)
Title: Lady Rich (Elizabeth Jenks, died 1558)
Medium: Oil on woodDimensions17 1/2 x 13 3/8 in. (44.5 x 34 cm)
Classification: Paintings
Credit Line: Bequest of Benjamin Altman, 1913
Accession Number: 14.40.646
(At the New York Metropolotian Museum of Art)

The portrait is based on Holbein's drawing of Lady Rich. Two versions exist, neither by Holbein himself, the other in a German private collection. Elizabeth, Lady Rich (d. 1558), was the daughter of William Jenks, or Gynkes, a London grocer. She married Richard Rich, 1st Baron Rich, now notorious for his evidence against both Sir Thomas More and Sir Thomas Cromwell before their executions in 1535 and 1540. She bore Rich, whose portrait Holbein also drew, five sons and ten daughters.

(References: K. T. Parker, The Drawings of Hans Holbein at Windsor Castle, Oxford: Phaidon, 1945, OCLC 822974, pp. 50–51.
John Rowlands, Holbein: The Paintings of Hans Holbein the Younger, Boston: David R. Godine, 1985, ISBN 0879235780, p. 234.
Roy Strong, Holbein: The Complete Paintings, London: Granada, 1980, ISBN 0586051449, p. 82.)

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