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Catherine of Aragon, Queen of King Henry VIII

Thomas Birch, The Heads of Illustrious Persons of Great Britain
Artist: Jacobus Houbraken (1698 – 1780) Engraver
Artist: Hans Holbein (aka Hans Holbein the Younger) (1497/1498 – 1543) Primary
Artist: J. and P. Knapton Publisher
Date: 1743
18th century
Dimensions: 14 5/16 x 8 13/16 in. (363.54 x 223.84 mm)
Dimensions Extent: sheet
Object Type: Print
Creation Place: Europe, England
Medium and Support: Etching and engraving
Credit Line: Gift of Linda Wolk-Simon, 2022.
Accession Number: 2022.45.01
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O'Donoghue I.362.6; Ver Huell 117.84

Alexander Willem Carel Maurits Ver Huell Jacobus Houbraken et son oeuvre. Arnhem, 1875, (under Birch's Heads), cat. no. 84, p. 117.

Freeman O'Donoghue Catalogue of Engraved British Portraits Preserved in the Department of Prints and Drawings in the British Museum. vols. 1-5, London, 1908–22, Vol. I, p. 362, no. 6.


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