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TudorQueens5- Catherine Howard by KristinaGehrmann TudorQueens5- Catherine Howard by KristinaGehrmann
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Here's Queen 5 in my series of Tudor Queens =)

"Catherine Howard married Henry VIII on 28 July 1540, almost immediately after the annulment of his marriage to Anne of Cleves was arranged. However, she was beheaded after less than two years of marriage to Henry on the grounds of treason for committing adultery while married to the King."
(quoted from Wikipedia - [link] )

Since she met the same fate as Anne Boleyn, I painted her being haunted or chased by Anne's ghost. Perhaps you've heard stories about sightings of the ghost of Anne Boleyn? Her Wikipedia article cites a few. I don't believe in ghosts, but I believe in making paintings spooky! :D

And I hate painting buildings. It's the most tedious and boring task there is, at least for me. :/ The painted Hampton Court in the background was really an exercise in stamina.

Time: about 10-20h
Medium: Photoshop + Wacom tablet
100% hand painted with love by yours truly!
Pose and dress referenced from ~Gracies-Stock :)
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AJInu-Okami Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I sometimes called her a spoiled brat when really she was pushed into the position of being a queen thanks to her aunt and uncle (if I remembered correctly). She really didn't like Henry and liked some other guy and tried to make a child with that guy to fool Henry into thinking he got her pregnant. End the end, another guy that 'loved' her ratted both of them out and she was executed. Poor girl. It was said that Catherine envisioned/thought that Anne was a ghost haunting her as a way of warning her for the future, which she clearly ignored and end up dead.
Shmelanna Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013  Student
I love the subtle way you've painted the ghost, far more effective this way I think
TatianaRomanov21 Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I love this!! Kathryn Howard is one of my favorites.
LadyAnneBoleyn00 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013
It really shows her age
KyraWildheart Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012
Beautiful! I've always loved reading about Catherine Howard, her story was one of the most interesting. I've always been curious as to how she even managed to stay with the King so long. Have you read The Boleyn Inheritance? Brilliant book! :D
leloops Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012
ein tip: google's realistische sketchup modelle für google earth sind sehr nützlich als referenz für gebäude, besonders für geschichtliche architektur.
KristinaGehrmann Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
die benutze ich seitdem schon :) danke!
Albinavonroth Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
KalahariMeerkatfan Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012
Catherine Howard has always puzzled me, but then again it's saddening. She really couldn't be hold to much, she was a beautiful woman and young...being married to...well I wouldn't even bother it.

I don't know about the ghost part being true, though I did hear Cather H.'s ghost has been sighted.

If Anne's ghost does haunt it them I'm glad, she deserves it. I read a book that sealed my views on the witch, I refuse to call her 'queen'.

Henry VIII is just a complete wacko I must say
ETOIXEIA Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012
There is a very interesting book called the King's Rose by Alisa M. Libby that you might like. It is about Cathrine Howard and the events leading to her death.
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