Catherine of Braganza(1638-1705), Queen of Charles II
Sitter associated with 64 portraits
The Roman Catholic queen of Charles II and daughter of John, Duke of Braganza, later King of Portugal. Catherine came to England in 1662, bringing a dowry of Tangier, Bombay and £300,000. Shy, solemn and pious, she was regarded as unsophisticated and plain. Catherine became devoted to Charles, but her inability to provide him with an heir, and his many infidelities, caused her great unhappiness. However, he resisted pressure to divorce her, and seems to have felt genuine affection for her.
by Henry Hering
albumen carte-de-visite photomontage, 1862
- King Charles II (husband)
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