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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:  Lived at Somerset House, London, son of Sir William Butts, physician to Henry VIII, High Sheriff of Norfolk and Suffolk under Queen Elizabeth.  Mrs. Hyde was the widow of Capt. J.F. Butts, Anthony Butts was their son.  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.
Charles Edward French Fund
74.6 x 60.3 cm (29 3/8 x 23 3/4 in.)
Medium or Technique
Tempera and oil on panel