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Robert Howlett (1831-58)

'Francis I' 1857

Albumen print | 17.7 x 14.9 cm (image) | RCIN 2372830

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Photograph of a painting of a half-length portrait of Francis I of France (1494-1547) facing a quarter to the left. He gazes ahead, away from the viewer. He wears a hat with a feather trim and a jacket, or doublet, with a slashed, open design. Part of an inventory number can be seen in the lower left corner.

The painting (RCIN 403433) was lent to the 1857 Manchester Exhibition by Queen Victoria (1819-1901), and remains in the Royal Collection. At the time of the photograph, the painting was attributed to Hans Holbein the Younger (c. 1497-1543) but is now thought to have been created by a member of the workshop of Joos van Cleve (d. 1540/41). The painting is currently on display at Hampton Court.

  • Creator(s)

    Robert Howlett (1831-58) (photographer)

    After a work by the workshop of Joos van Cleve (d. 1540/41) (artist)

    Subject(s)
    François I, King of France (1494-1547)
  • 17.7 x 14.9 cm (image)

  • From an album presented to Prince Albert

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • albums
          • photograph albums
    Subject(s)
    • Science, Medicine and Technology
      • Engineering & Technology
        • Military engineering
          • Arms (weapons)
            • Side arms (weapons)
              • Daggers
      • Industries, Crafts and Trades
        • Clothing
          • Headgear
            • Hats
          • Jackets
            • Doublets
    • Natural Sciences & Mathematics
      • Zoology
        • Animal physiology
          • Feathers