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Katherine Parr

(1512-1548), Sixth Queen of Henry VIII

Sitter in 10 portraits
Henry VIII's sixth and last wife was a learned and pious woman, who had a moderating influence on the ageing king. Katherine showed great kindness to the king's children by his earlier marriages (Mary, Elizabeth and Edward), and tried to diminish religious persecution. After Henry's death, she married Thomas Seymour, Baron Seymour of Sudeley in 1547, but she died a year later, shortly after giving birth to a daughter.

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Katherine Parr, attributed to Master John - NPG 4451

Katherine Parr

attributed to Master John
oil on panel, circa 1545
On display in Room 1 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 4451

Katherine Parr, by Unknown artist - NPG 4618

Katherine Parr

by Unknown artist
oil on panel, late 16th century
On display in Room 2 at Montacute House
NPG 4618

Katherine Parr, by Cornelis Martinus Vermeulen, after  Adriaen van der Werff - NPG D24192

Katherine Parr

by Cornelis Martinus Vermeulen, after Adriaen van der Werff
line engraving, late 17th century
NPG D24192

Katherine Parr, after Hans Holbein the Younger - NPG D24190

Katherine Parr

after Hans Holbein the Younger
line engraving, probably 18th century
NPG D24190

Katherine Parr, by Henry Thomas Ryall, after  Hans Holbein the Younger - NPG D24189

Katherine Parr

by Henry Thomas Ryall, after Hans Holbein the Younger
stipple engraving, early 19th century
NPG D24189

Katherine Parr, by William Camden Edwards, after  Hans Holbein the Younger - NPG D24191

Katherine Parr

by William Camden Edwards, after Hans Holbein the Younger
line engraving, early 19th century
NPG D24191

Fictitious portrait of Katherine Parr, by William Henry Mote, after  John William Wright - NPG D33015

Fictitious portrait of Katherine Parr

by William Henry Mote, after John William Wright
stipple engraving, mid 19th century
NPG D33015

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Katherine Parr

by W.S. Wilkinson, after Edward Pretty, probably after Master John
line engraving, mid 19th century
NPG D32773

Image currently unavailable owing to copyright restrictions

'King Henry VIII and his Six Wives'

designed by William K. Harper, manufactured by Doulton & Co Ltd
coloured and glazed earthenware, 1990
NPG D48093

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Eleanor Scott

18 December 2016, 00:06

The novel by Phillipa Gregory says in the family portrait of Henry and wife with Edward Elizabeth and Mary, it was Katherine Parr who sat for the portrait, then when the painting was revealed, the artist had supplanted Katherine with Jane Seymour's image. Is this true?

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