Earlier this year, a portrait of an unknown lady at
made the news when it was identified as Henry VIII’s first wife, Katherine of Aragon: Lambeth Palace
|Katherine of Aragon (by an Unknown Artist), NPG L246|
For some unclear reason it was previously thought to be of Katharine Parr, Henry’s last queen. Certainly, her costume – of the earlier part of the 1500’s – was a red flag. Nonetheless, the portrait was reproduced in history books from the 1970’s and 1980’s as Katharine, and even as late as 1999, when historian Susan James (Kateryn Parr: The Making of a Queen) saw the picture as proof of Katharine’s early interest in portraiture; years before becoming a patroness of the arts as Henry VIII's sixth wife.
As a likeness of Katherine of Aragon, it is rather poor. The face is bland and mask-like, inferior to better known representations of the Queen. That said, it might well be a copy. The portrait was replicated as shown in this alternate version (also formerly identified as Henry VIII's first wife).
|Katherine of Aragon (by an Unknown Artist), Hever Castle.|
UPDATE (July 6, 2017)
This portrait, of the same type, was sold at Christie's in 2016.
|Katherine of Aragon (by an Unknown Artist)|