Rare Portrait of Catherine Parr Unveiled

A rare portrait of Catherine Parr by an unknown artist is now on display at Hever Castle in England. A rare portrait of Catherine Parr, Henry VIII's sixth and final wife, is now being exhibited at Hever castle. The portrait depicts a young Catherine, probably still in her teens, according to experts who have dated the work by the clothing worn by the subject.

Tudor historian David Starkey says, "The English in the 16th century were craven followers of foreign fashions, and the fabric pulled out into a squashed witches-hat effect is quite a good way of dating her. In the following decade, the 1530's, ladies get into French dress, and suddenly get into very close-fitting head dresses of a completely different shape."

The portrait, by an unknown painter, was once thought to be Jane Seymour, Henry's third wife, but experts now believe that it is truly of Catherine Parr.

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