Saturday, September 19, 2015

Biography - Catheine Howard Queen of England (1522-1542) - 5th Wife of Henry VIII


King Henry VIII's 5th wife was Catherine Howard.  Catherine was a daughter of Lord Edmund Howard (1478–1539) & Joyce Culpeper (1480–1531). Her father's sister Elizabeth Howard, was the mother of Anne Boleyn. Catherine Howard & Anne Boleyn were 1st cousins.  Catherine would be beheaded after less than 2 years of marriage to Henry for committing adultery while married to the King.


Wenceslaus Hollar (European-born English artist, 1607-1677) Catherine Howard

Catherine came to court at about the age of 19 as a lady in waiting to Anne of Cleves & caught Henry's attentions. Catherine's uncle, Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk, (1473-1554),  probably encouraged the girl to respond to the King's attentions as a way to increase his own influence over the monarch. The Duke of Norfolk also took advantage of the debacle of the Anne of Cleves marriage as a chance to discredit his enemy, Thomas Cromwell, who was executed shortly after the royal marriage was nullified. Sixteen days after he was free of Anne, Henry took his 5th wife, Catherine Howard, on July 28, 1540. Henry was 49, & his bride was 19.



King Henry VIII was no longer a happy, young man. An unhealed wound in his leg remained an open, oozing sore.  Apparently the ambitious Catherine needed more. Before her marriage Catherine had several lovers - among them a musician, Henry Mannock, or Manox; her cousin Thomas Culpepper; & Francis Dereham, to whom she had been betrothed.  After becoming queen, she occasionally arranged to meet with Dereham & Culpepper.



By November 1541, Archbishop Cranmer informed the King of Kathryn's misconduct. At first Henry did not believe the accusations, but he agreed to allow further investigations into the matter. Evidence was gathered that the Queen had been promiscuous before her marriage & may have had liaisons after marrying Henry. She was executed on the Tower Green on February 13, 1542, and laid to rest near her cousin Anne Boleyn in the Chapel of St. Peter ad Vincula at the Tower of London.




"...Catherine had a number of romances, which, though fairly well-known at the time, were kept from Henry VIII. Her most famous relationship was with Thomas Culpepper, a member of Henry VIII's privy chamber. This romance would have repercussions, since Catherine & Culpepper would rekindle it during her marriage to Henry VIII... Catherine, a young woman in her late teens or twenties, turned to her former lover, Thomas Culpepper, for comfort. While touring northern England with Henry VIII, Catherine & Thomas carried on a fairly public love affair. When Henry learned of Catherine's conduct both before & during their marriage, he had her former & current lovers arrested & tortured in the Tower of London. Catherine was found guilty of adultery & treason. She was executed on 13 February 1542." (Robin, et. al., 2007, pp. 185-186)


Women in Green for the Fall



Lucas Cranach the Elder (c 1472-1553) Saint Genevieve (Detail)

Last Fall, I noticed lots of clothing in a variety of shades of green. Wonder if designers are attracted to green as the leaves on the trees turn brown & then fall to the ground for the winter.



 1520 A Blonde Woman by Jacopo Vecchio



 1530 Bartolomeo Veneto Lady in a Green Dress



 1530 Peter de Kempeneer Portrait of a Lady from Ferrara, Italy



1530s Lady Playing a Lute by Bartolomeo Veneto 



 1536 Titian Tiziano Vercelli (Italian painter, 1488-1576) Portrait of a Young Woman



 1540 Unknown Artist Portrait of a Florentine Noblewoman



 1555 Titian Tiziano Vercelli (Italian painter, 1488-1556) Portrait of a Lady



 1560-65 Titian Tiziano Vercelli (Italian painter, 1488-1576) Titian's Daughter Lavinia



1560s Alessandro Allori Portrait of Eleonora da Toledo



1580s Lavinia Fonatna (1552-1614) Portrait of Laura Gonzaga in Green



Mather Brown (American artist, 1761-1831) Lady with a Dog 1786



Gilbert Stuart (American artist, 1755-1828)  Portrait of a young lady c 1803



John Trumbull (American artist, 1756 – 1843) Mrs. Theodore Dwight, Jr. (1805-1870) 1828



Richard Clague (1821–1873) Mrs Gueynard (New Orleans)



George Dunlop Leslie (English artist, 1835-1921) Margarett



Herbert Gustave Schmalz (English painter, 1856-1935) Girl With a Red Umbrella 1885



Charles Silem Lidderdale  (British artist 1831-1895) The Feather Hat



Irving Ramsey Wiles (1861-1948) A Lady 1893



George Frederic Watts (English artist, 1817-1904) Lillie Langtry



Herman N. Hyneman (American artist, 1849–1907) Winter Hat



1873 Dante Gabriel Rossetti, La Ghirlandata



Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (German Expressionist, 1880-1938) Woman in a Green Blouse



 1902 Lilla Cabot Perry (American artist, 1848-1933) Alice Perry (Mrs J C Grew)



 1914 William McGregor Paxton (American artist, 1869–1941) The Green Dress



 1919 Moïse Kisling (Polish-French artist, born Mojżesz Kisling 1891-1953) Girl with green shawl



 1920 Emma Fordyce MacRae (American artist, 1887-1974) Melina in green



 1920 Greta Hällfors-Sipilä, (Finish artist, 1899-1974) Self Portrait



 1925 Thomas Edwin Mostyn (British artist, 1864–1930) The Green Gown



 1933 BD Grigoriev. A woman in a green dress.



Mary Titcomb (American artist, 1858-1927) Afternoon Tea


Henri Matisse (French artist, 1869-1954)



Kees van Dongen (Dutch painter, 1877-1968), Lady in a Black Hat 1908



Pablo Picasso (Spanish artist, 1881-1973) Marie Therese Walter



Ruth Alsobrook Florence in a Green Hat 1936



1962 Charles Rogers Red Grooms (American painter 1937-)  Mimi In Green