|Published||Sold by Mathew Collins the three Black birds in Canning Streete [c. 1662]|
|Dimensions||Image 215 x 155 mm, Plate 223 x 157 mm, Sheet 280 x 212 mm|
A half length portrait of Catherine of Braganza, turned to the left but gazing directly at the viewer, wearing an embroidered dress with voluminous sleeves, and a large lace ruff. Her dark curly hair is down, with only a ribbon tied to the back and her fringe greased down and looped up. The portrait is framed in a decorative oval, and a crown is put on a pedestal behind her.
Catherine of Braganza (1638-1705) was the Queen of England, Scotland and Ireland between 1662 and 1685 as the wife of King Charles II. She was the daughter of John, 8th Duke of Braganza, who became King John IV of Portugal following the removal of the House of Habsburg in 1640. Due to her Roman Catholic beliefs, Catherine was an unpopular choice as the wife of Charles II. No children came from their marriage, and after Charles' death, she returned to her native Portugal, were she became regent for her brother King Pedro II and her nephews.
O'Donoghue 27 ii/ii