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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  Student Digital Artist
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.
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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
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TatianaRomanov21 Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I love this!! Kathryn Howard is one of my favorites.
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LadyAnneBoleyn00 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013
It really shows her age
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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
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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.
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KristinaGehrmann Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
die benutze ich seitdem schon :) danke!
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Albinavonroth Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Beautyfiul
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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
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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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Riko-Hime Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012
wow, it's really nice! i absolutely love your tudor queens series <3 not only did anne and katherine meet the same fate, they were first cousins uwu
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Lathroniel Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
@whispery voice She was indeed the cousin of Anne boleyn HOWEVER... she did not have the upbringing that Anne did.
When she was a child, she was sent to stay at the home of her relative... her step grandmother i think. During that time she's said to have had many illicit relations, including one with her music teacher Henry Mannox, and was supposedly pre-contracted to Francis Dereham. She herself began the affair with Thomas Culpeper, Jane Rochford was the one who arranged times and places, probably at the request of the queen. And yes, when she was on the scaffold, she did state that she would rather die the wife of Culpeper than queen of england.
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SarahJonesArtist Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Boleyn's ghost huh?
Interesting
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Lady-Sonata Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your work is featured in my journal [link]
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heartbubbles Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011
I really really love her dress!
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Tenshichan1013 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
very nice. by any chance do you know the song catherine howard's fate by blackmore's night?
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MissGypsyMomma Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Love these series of portraits, I am a big fan of the Tudors and find the history behind it so fascinating. One small critique- from all the things I have read about Katherine Howard, each has described her with auburn or red hair. She was Henry's only 'ginger' Consort!
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spirit-of-the-stone Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011
Interesting idea :D
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whispery-voice Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011
Catherine Howard, I believe is Anne cousin from her mother's side. The fact that they both were beheaded seemed almost done by fate. However there is some proof that Anne's sister in-law, wife of George (the brother of Anne with whom she was acused incest), was responsible for Catherine's infidelities. Anne's sister in law, Jane, lured the innocent queen into believing she can have her own love without the kings notice. Catherine was a child really, and quite naive, while Jane was manipulative and mentally insane. I do believe that Catherine said before she was killed, "I'd rather die the wife of (her lover), than the queen of England."
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Disciple77 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Awesome! I always thought she got a raw deal, though. She was only 18 and didn't really have a chance at life.
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Vampyre-Lover Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011
Stunning !!!
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Lokimi13 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Omg, it's so truly beautiful and mysterious, such a thorough and detailed work)) The colours are chosen so well ^___^
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Lady-Adly Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2011   Traditional Artist
Brilliant work!,!!!
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Itachifreak101 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2011   General Artist
I love European history so much!:heart:
Even though it can be gruesome:O
The look and detail in your art work is wonderful!:love:
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KingAndrewI Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2011  Student Artisan Crafter
Very beautiful! Although, the portion of Hampton Court that you depicted was built in the 17th century. It didn't exist when Catherine Howard was alive. ;)
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caddman Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011  Professional General Artist
...So Beautiful...nice ...:heart::D
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Isvarmt Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011  Student Photographer
I'm a huge Tudor fan and this.. it's just pefect.
Well done <3

"I'd much rather die the wife of Culpepper!"
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HorsesofPoseidon Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
wow, that's amazing! I'm definitely going to check out the rest of your series!
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KristinaGehrmann Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :D
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HorsesofPoseidon Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome :D
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Madame-Rien Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011
wow this is amazing you did a superb job and the building looks amazing, I love the detail in her face, her dress and everything and it is very atmospheric the sky and the ghost of Anne B. add this beautiful haunting feel to the piece, you're a true artiest and genuis I am so happy to see tudor pieces because I love the 6 wivesof Henry the VIII. Keep it up :)
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KristinaGehrmann Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :)
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Madame-Rien Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011
your so welcome your a true artiest :)
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Kiuesque Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Beautiful! The Cathrine of Aragon one has been my favourite thus far, but your work never fails to dissapoint! :heart:
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KristinaGehrmann Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :)
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jesusismybestie Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011
wow, the ghost looks soooooo cool! its so mysterious, and i can't stop looking at it! yeah, that building does look not fun to paint :P but you did a fantastic job!
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KristinaGehrmann Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :)
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Hurricane-Jeanne Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautifully clever having Anne's ghost follow her cousin. :heart: At first, before I read the description I thought it could be Catherine's ghost, as she's said to haunt as well.

Beautiful as ever. I love the sad, but defiant look you put on Catherine's face too. Perfectly teenage. :heart:
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KristinaGehrmann Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :)
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Hurricane-Jeanne Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're so welcome! :heart:
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ForgetDeny Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm loving your series of Tudor queens (also really enjoyed the tv series ;)), and totally feel the same way about painting or drawing architecture - somewhat brain numbing.
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KristinaGehrmann Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :)
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ForgetDeny Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
you're welcome.
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mxgirl199 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful job! It's really creepy. Though I'm really freaking scared of ghosts. :) Great job!
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KristinaGehrmann Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :)
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mxgirl199 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome. :)
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MensjeDeZeemeermin Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011
Very good image, very effectively creepy. I like the disordered nature of her flight.
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KristinaGehrmann Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you =)
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ThePrincessNightmare Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
LOVE this. could be my new favorite
anne being my other favorite...which is funny because of their shared fate.
spectacular work!
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KristinaGehrmann Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :)
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