This is an original 1876 black and white steel engraving that depicts the long-suffering Catherine of Braganza, Infanta of Portugal and Queen consort of King Charles II of England. As she was a devout Roman Catholic, she was not permitted to be officially coronated in the Anglican ceremony. Her husband was a persistent womanizer who acknowledged many illegitimate children over the course of their marriage. However, he would always take his wife's side in altercations and almost seemed in awe of her strong religious faith and mild temper.
This 135+ year old Item is rated Very Fine ++. Light aging throughout. Light wrinkling. No natural defects. No surface rub. No tears. No water damage.
Product Type: Original Steel Engraving; Black / White
Grade: Very Fine ++
Dimensions: Approximately 3.75 x 5.5 inches; 10 x 14 cm
Authentication: Serial-Numbered Certificate of Authenticity w/ Full Provenance
Protection: Packaged in a custom archival sleeve with an acid-free black board (great for display, gift-giving, and preservation)
Period Paper is thrilled to offer a collection of steel engraved portraits that provides a fascinating look at the English nobility of the 17th century. During this turbulent time, the British Isles were torn apart by two sets of divided factions, parliament versus the monarchy and the Catholics against the Anglicans and members of the Puritan movement. Each portrait, featured here in incredible detail, belongs to an individual whose religion, decisions, and political standing helped to shape the England we know and love today.
Keywords specific to this image: Lely Prinx