Thomas More Family by Hans Holbein

Casual browsing turned up a pen and ink drawing of Sir Thomas More and family, by Hans Holbein, circa 1527, which was put up for auction in 2006 (story here).

I had a fiddle with it to tweak the colour cast. Legit? I don’t know. Maybe yellowed paper looks better.
Anyway the result is if anything, blue-cast. I could have messed with the selection settings to give a ‘cleaner’ result – but I didn’t. I prefer images to retain some personality. This one has some notes on detailing Thomas More’s requests for changes.

Thomas More Family Group by Hans Holbein, c 1527

Thomas More Family Group by Hans Holbein, c 1527

So who was Hans Holbein? He lived in Switzerland and was part of the humanist circle of Erasmus. The religious wars afflicting Europe at the time, might well have persuaded him to come to England. His art was realistic and he did well in King Henry VIII’s court. In some circles he is considered part of England’s catch-up Renaissance (1500 up to the Civil War).

My treatment uses Difference and Luminosity layers to pick out line detail, without destroying the background texture of the paper.

The image I worked from is:

More-Family-Group-initial image

More-Family-Group-initial image

About TP Archie

I have lived in and around Burnley, Lancs, for most of my life. My four children are grown For a living I'm an accountant. I'm interested in current affairs, history and writing. For a while I was the face of My Telegraph Writers on the blogging platform of the London Daily Telegraph. My hobbies include SF, Fantasy, Anime, comic books, Vinyl and self publishing. My longer works include: A Guide to First Contact The Turning Stone Angel in My Heart Men for the Stars Mission Samurai The Tau Device Dragon Shard Door Witch Bluebelle Brant Lucky Shorter fiction: The Wrong Lane and other diversions The Slow Holocaust and other stories An Empty Bucket and other stories Eggman and other concoctions Night of Life and other fictions Under Winter's Bough Unfinished Tales Other works Poetry - Silt from Distant Lands Burnley (the town and its Grammar school) a private reproduction (with a new cover) of Juvaini's History of the World Conqueror
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