Katherine Parr

1 portrait on display in Room 4 at the National Portrait Gallery

Katherine Parr, attributed to Master John, circa 1545 - NPG 4451 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Katherine Parr

attributed to Master John
oil on panel, circa 1545
71 in. x 37 in. (1803 mm x 940 mm)
Purchased with help from the Gulbenkian Foundation, 1965
Primary Collection
NPG 4451

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  • Katherine Parr (1512-1548), Sixth Queen of Henry VIII. Sitter in 9 portraits.

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  • Master John (active 1544-1545). Artist associated with 3 portraits.

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For a time the sitter in this painting was thought to be Lady Jane Grey. However, there is considerable evidence to support the traditional identification as Katherine Parr, including the distinctive crown-shaped brooch, which can be identified in an inventory of jewels belonging to the queen. In this painting the artist used a complex system of silver and gold leaf, glazes and oil pigment to imitate the luxurious cloth of the queen's costume.

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