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Sir William Butts

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1540s-1583, Sir William Butts, London, England, UK (original commission, the sitter, d. 1583) [see note 1]; 1583-early 20th century, by inheritance to the Butts family; by inheritance to Capt. J.F. Anthony Butts; 1935, by inheritance to Mrs. Coleville Hyde and Anthony Butts [see note 2]; 1935, sold by Hyde and Butts to the MFA for $80,000 [see note 3]. (Accession Date: November 7, 1935) NOTES: [1] Lived at Somerset House, London, son of Sir William Butts, physician to Henry VIII, High Sheriff of Norfolk and Suffolk under Queen Elizabeth. [2] Mrs. Hyde was the widow of Capt. J.F. Butts, Anthony Butts was their son. [3] Accessioned as Hans Holbein the Younger. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: The elder Sir William Butts had two portraits done by Holbein, one of which is in Isabella Stuart Gardner Museum, P21e1.

Credit Line

Charles Edward French Fund


74.6 x 60.3 cm (29 3/8 x 23 3/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Tempera and oil on panel