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Catherine of Braganza was Queen Consort to Charles II. There are a number of versions of this portrait, copied after Sir Peter Lely's three-quarter length original in the Douglas-Home collection. This reduced-length adaptation varies from Lely's painting in a number of ways. The sitter is placed, for example, in a foliate oval cartouche and has pearls in her hair. Although she wears the same dress, in the original work it was black as a mark of mourning for her mother who died in 1666.
oil on canvas
H 75 x W 62 cm
accepted in lieu of tax from the estate of Edward Piers, 7th Earl of Mount Edgcumbe, under the National Heritage Act 1980, through Cornwall County Council and Plymouth City Council, 1985