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Katherine of Aragon (1485-1536), First Queen of Henry VIII

Sitter associated with 13 portraits
Katherine was the youngest child of Ferdinand and Isabella of Spain. She came to England in 1501 at the age of sixteen to marry Prince Arthur, but only months after the marriage Arthur died. In 1509 she married Arthur's younger brother Henry VIII, and she bore him five children, of whom only Princess Mary, later Mary I, survived. Longing for a son and keen to marry Anne Boleyn, Henry questioned the validity of their marriage, which was finally annulled in 1533. Described as 'prudent and good', Katherine gained respect for her dignified behaviour during many years of humiliation.

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L246

Katherine of Aragon

by Unknown artist
oil on oak panel, circa 1520
NPG L246

4682

Katherine of Aragon

attributed to Lucas Horenbout (or Hornebolte)
watercolour on vellum, circa 1525
NPG 4682

L244

Katherine of Aragon

attributed to Lucas Horenbout (or Hornebolte)
watercolour on vellum, circa 1525-1526
NPG L244

163

Katherine of Aragon

by Unknown artist
oil on panel, early 18th century
On display in Room 2 at Montacute House
NPG 163

D24935

Katherine of Aragon

by Robert White, printed for Richard Chiswell, after Unknown artist
line engraving, 1681
NPG D24935

D18834

Katherine of Aragon

by Cornelis Martinus Vermeulen, after Adriaen van der Werff
line engraving, published 1697
NPG D18834

D24171

Katherine of Aragon

after Hans Holbein the Younger
line engraving, probably 18th century
NPG D24171

D24174

Katherine of Aragon

by John Goldar, after Hans Holbein the Younger
line engraving, probably 18th century
NPG D24174

D24180

Louise of Savoy, formerly known as Katherine of Aragon

after Jacobus Houbraken, after Hans Holbein the Younger
pen and ink on tracing paper, 1743
NPG D24180

D24170

Louise of Savoy engraved as Katherine of Aragon

by Jacobus Houbraken, published by John & Paul Knapton, after Hans Holbein the Younger
line engraving, published 1744
NPG D24170