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
This portraitback to top
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.
Linked publicationsback to top
- I-Spy National Portrait Gallery, 2010, p. 6
- Tudor Portraits Resource Pack, p. 18
- National Portrait Gallery: 100 Portraits, p. 19
- Audio Guide
- 100 Pioneering Women, p. 20
- Bolland, Charlotte; Cooper, Tarnya, The Real Tudors: Kings and Queens Rediscovered, 2014 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 12th September 2014 to 1st March 2015), p. 109
- Cooper, John, A Guide to the National Portrait Gallery, 2009, p. 10
- Cooper, John, Visitor's Guide, 2000, p. 14
- Cooper, Tarnya; Fraser, Antonia (foreword), A Guide to Tudor and Jacobean Portraits, 2012, p. 15
- Gittings, Clare, The National Portrait Gallery Book of The Tudors, 2006, p. 14
- John Cooper, National Portrait Gallery Visitor's Guide, 2006, p. 14
- Ribeiro, Aileen, The Gallery of Fashion, 2000, p. 35
- Ribeiro, Aileen; Blackman, Cally, A Portrait of Fashion: Six Centuries of Dress at the National Portrait Gallery, 2015, p. 45
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 109
- Strong, Roy, Tudor and Jacobean Portraits, 1969, p. 75
- Various contributors, National Portrait Gallery: A Portrait of Britain, 2014, p. 37
- Williamson, David, Kings and Queens, 2010, p. 91
- Williamson, David, The National Portrait Gallery: History of the Kings and Queens of England, 1998, p. 89
Subjects & Themesback to top
- Carpets and textiles
- Fashion tour
- Flowers and plants
- Fur accessories
- Hats and head attire
- Jewellery - Brooches, buttons and buckles
- Jewellery - Pearls
- Jewellery - Pendants and necklaces
- Jewellery - Precious stones
- Jewellery - Rings
- On display at the Gallery
- Tudors and Elizabethans tour
Events of 1545back to top
Current affairsThe French fleet makes an invasion attempt on England. The pride of the English fleet, the Mary Rose warship is sunk during the engagement with the French, killing over seven hundred men.
Art and scienceThe artist John Bettes the Elder paints A Man in a Black Cap. The artist's nationality is emphasized in the inscription faict par Johan Bettes Anglois (made by John Bettes, Englishman).
The Dutch artist William Scrots arrives in England and becomes the principal court painter.
The first botanical garden in Europe is established in the University of Padua.
InternationalThe Council of Trent convenes. Summoned by Pope Paul III and running until 1563, the council reasserts the doctrines of the Catholic Church in answer to the Protestant Reformation. It is one of the principal events of the Counter-Reformation.
See this portrait
On display in Room 1 at the National Portrait Gallery
- Portrait of the Day: Katherine Parr
24 May, 12:30