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Katherine of Aragon

4 of 13 portraits of Katherine of Aragon

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

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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 is a version of a widely-circulated likeness that depicts the queen circa 1530 (a similar version is in the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston). Technical analysis has revealed that this portrait is not contemporary with the sitter and instead dates from the early eighteenth century, demonstrating a market for Tudor portraits during this period. 'Prussian blue', a pigment invented between 1704 and 1710 and only commercially available on a wide scale from the 1720s, was found to be present in the paint used for the background, the jewel of Katherine's headdress and in the sprig of foliage that she holds in her hand.

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