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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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I love the subtle way you've painted the ghost, far more effective this way I think
TatianaRomanov21 May 8, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I love this!! Kathryn Howard is one of my favorites.
It really shows her age
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
ein tip: google's realistische sketchup modelle für google earth sind sehr nützlich als referenz für gebäude, besonders für geschichtliche architektur.
KristinaGehrmann Oct 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
die benutze ich seitdem schon :) danke!
Albinavonroth Sep 28, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
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
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.
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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