Katherine of Aragon

1 portrait of Katherine of Aragon

Katherine of Aragon, by Unknown artist, early 18th century - NPG 163 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Katherine of Aragon

by Unknown artist
oil on panel, early 18th century
22 in. x 17 1/2 in. (559 mm x 445 mm)
Purchased, 1863
Primary Collection
NPG 163

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  • Katherine of Aragon (1485-1536), First Queen of Henry VIII. Sitter associated with 13 portraits.

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This portrait of Katherine, in which she holds a bunch of lavender, matches the description of her given by an Italian visitor to London two years before the annullment: 'If not handsome she is not ugly; she is somewhat stout and has always a smile on her countenance.' Scientific analysis has revealed that this portrait was painted in the early eighteenth century, demonstrating a market for Tudor portraits during this period. A pigment called 'Prussian Blue', invented between 1704 and 1710, was found to be present in the paint used for the background and the blue jewel on Katherine's headdress.

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