Facsimiles of George Vertue's copies of Holbein's portraits

Originals recorded at Sudeley Castle, 2017
Facsimiles on display at Strawberry Hill House, 2017

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Factum Foundation has created 33 facsimiles of George Vertue´s copies of Hans Holbein’s drawings depicting Henry VIII’s court members.

Facsimiles installed at Strawberry House



Holbein´s portraits were found in 1727 by King George II’s wife, Caroline of Ansbach, tucked away in a bureau in Kensington Palace, London. In 1743, renowned artist and engraver, George Vertue made copies of 33 of the discovered works, with the idea of turning them into engravings. Vertue´s drawings were purchased by Horace Walpole in 1757 and had been on display at Strawberry Hil House until 1842, when they were sold to the Dent family following Walpole´s death in 1797. The drawings have remained at their home, Sudeley Castle to this day.

A combination of techniques were used to digitize and re-materialize George Vertue´s copies. Both 2D image and colour information were recorded using high-resolution composite panoramic photography. The drawings relief and frames were scanned using a combination of Lucida 3D scanning and photogrammetry.

Recording George Vertue´s copies at Sudeley Castle in January 2017



View of Sudeley Castle

The 2D and 3D information was merged then processed into a 3D model, which was printed using Factum Arte´s digital flatbed printer.The frames were routed in high-density polyurethane and painted by hand.

The portrait's color information was printed on a modified, flabed printer


Final details were added by hand

All 33 frames were hand painted


Assembling frames and portraits


The 33 facsimiles are now on display in the same room Horace Walpole hung them in Strawberry Hill House.

The 33 facsimiles of George Vertue´s copies have returned to Stawberry Hill House







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