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Unfortunate Wives V by hogret Unfortunate Wives V by hogret
Henry VIII had six wives, remembered in sequence as follows:
Divorced, Beheaded, Died. Divorced, Beheaded, Survived.

This is Katherine Howard, Henry's fifth wife.
Details about her are sketchy, and no known portraits of her exist. She was a cousin of Anne Boleyn (Henry's second wife), and is thought to have been between 15 and 17 when her family thrust her under Henry's nose. He was then close to 50, vastly corpulent, and with a suppurating ulcer in his leg that meant he stank to high heaven. She was young, giddy, a little reckless, but did what she was told and married him.

Foolishly - but who can blame her - she embarked on an affair with a handsome young courtier. She was beheaded after barely a year of marriage, probably aged only around 17.

Artists Trading Card - one in a series of Henry's Unfortunate Wives.
Flocked velvet Italian paper, gesso portrait, acrylics, glitter glue, gel and gold pens.

Available for trade
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FlowerOfTheCourt Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You've captured Katherine's youth so well.
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hogret Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012
I really enjoyed making this series - love the Tudors!
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Diarment Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2009
This latest series you've done is very interesting, I like it.
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pamelaski Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2009
I love this series!
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RichardLeach Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2009   Traditional Artist
Beautiful card, and such a crazed, awful, depressing story. Must we esteem our kings so highly that they get away with murder?
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hogret Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2009
Henry's saga has always fascinated me - the obsessive pursuit for a male heir, particularly.
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RichardLeach Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2009   Traditional Artist
I read David Starkey's Elizabeth, which discussed it, a strange and amazing story.
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claudiamm37 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2009  Professional General Artist
Fantastic! Fabulous use of color! I have to agree with Weedlace and Athalour...somehow these ladies should stay together...maybe you could do a trade series for series....hey...I know someone who would be willing to put together a series of your liking for trade?!?! ME!!!

I would love to draw you an original series (no prints) of a subject of your choosing, in trade for these ladies...let me know what you think ;)
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Athalour Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2009   General Artist
I really love this series. You captured the darkness so well, and yet they're still beautiful.

I like Weedlace's idea for a reliquary :nod:
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LauraTringaliHolmes Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2009
The flocked paper is fabulous, as are the facial expression and costuming. How can you stand the thought of breaking up this set? These ladies belong together, with their stories, in a reliquary of some sort....
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