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William Faithorne (1616-1691) after Dirck Stoop (c.1610-1686)

Catherine of Braganza c.1662

Engraving | 32.8 x 22.7 cm | RCIN 602713

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Following Charles II's accession in 1660, attention turned to finding him a bride. The Portuguese Infanta Catherine of Braganza was chosen. A painted portrait was sent to Charles II during the negotiations prior to their marriage in 1662. It was subsequently used as a model for a number of prints, including this engraving by William Faithorne, who held the position of the king's ‘Graver in Copper’. Cat. 165