Posted 4 years ago
I purchased these from a now defunct thrift store in Smithfield, NC about 8-10 years ago. Believe I paid $20-$30 for the both of them. Not idea at the time what they were, but I liked the look of them and they were cheap.
Did some research upon getting home and discovered they were reproductions of bridal portraits Hans Holbein the Younger did for Henry VIII. Henry's third wife, Jane Seymour, had recently died in childbirth and the King was looking for a new wife. He dispatched Holbein all over Europe to make drawings of potential brides to help him make a decision. These two are of Lady Audley and M. Zouch. Henry eventually settled on Anne of Cleves.
No idea how old these things are. The sticker on the back of the Lady Audley frame says Clifford Art Studios, NYC and that they were framed for Joseph Winston. No date, unfortunately. I assume they were sold as a pair, but that's only guesswork on my part as the backing on the M. Zouch print is gone.
I did some searching for Clifford Art Studios online. Didn't find anything specific about them, but it seems they sold reproductions of famous art works. No idea who Joseph Winston was. Much too common of a name to yield anything of use online.
Any help is dating or determining value for these prints would be appreciated!