Unknown woman, formerly known as Catherine Howard, after Hans Holbein the Younger, late 17th century - NPG 1119 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Unknown woman, formerly known as Catherine Howard

after Hans Holbein the Younger
oil on panel, late 17th century
29 in. x 19 1/2 in. (737 mm x 495 mm)
Purchased, 1898
NPG 1119

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Howard Jones

05 May 2016, 16:36

I know that curators can be reluctant to change the names on the Museum's portraits but in this instance as the sitter is Catherine Howard the original name should be restored.
The right hand corner of her mouth is odd twisting both up and down at the same time. The same feature was shown by Holbein in the Windsor miniature of Queen Catherine.
A series of paintings called Anne Boleyn were based on the Weston Park drawing of Catherine by Holbein.
Some of the engravings showing Catherine are very similar to earlier engravings of Anne Boleyn and have caused confusion. The pictures in which the dresses appear to be studded with jewels date from the time of Catherine as shown in her Holbein miniature at Windsor.

Howard Jones

12 December 2015, 16:22

This Lady is Catherine Howard. I have sent some information to the Toledo Museum which hopefully should be sufficient to confirm that the original Toledo portrait was and is Holbein's painting of Queen Catherine. I hope to hear back from the Museum soon. If they agree to re-identify this Lady as Henry's fifth wife iI will let you k now.

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