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Sir Peter Lely (1618-80)

Catherine of Braganza (1638-1705) c. 1663-65

RCIN 401214

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Catherine of Braganza, the daughter of John IV of Portugal, married Charles II in 1662. The traditional Portuguese costume in which she arrived was considered very old-fashioned in Britain and Lely and other artists created a new and fashionable image for the queen. Catherine did not have any children and her influence at court was limited, particularly compared to that of the king's mistresses.

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