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Subject: famous paintings
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Asked by: bluebird49-ga
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Posted: 25 Aug 2003 11:33 PDT
Expires: 24 Sep 2003 11:33 PDT
Question ID: 248575
who is the wife of king henry 5th,who painted her portriate in 1870s?
Subject: Re: famous paintings
Answered By: angy-ga on 25 Aug 2003 22:13 PDT
Hi, Bluebird !

As Byrd has pointed out, if you are referring to Henry V of England 
then there cannot have been a portrait of her from life painted in the

However historical scenes, and paintings of scenes from the plays of
Shakespeare, were popular subjects for painters in the 1800s.

The Shakespeare Illustrated site by Harry Rusche has one such painting

It is an engraving by W. Greatbach.  from a painting by W. F. Yeames
"The Wooing of Henry V" illustrating the scene from Shakespeare's play
in which the king woos and wins Catherine's hand in marriage. As you
will see, it is from the period that you want.

 "Steel engraving, approximately 7 x 9.5 inches, .... The engraving is
from Charles Knight's two-volume Imperial Edition of The Works of
Shakespere( London: Virtue and Company, 1873-76)".

Alternatively, Henri V of France, the legitimate claimant to the
French throne, was alive at the period in which you are interested.
Henri Charles Ferdinand Marie Dieudonné Comte de Chambord Duc de
Bordeaux lived from 1820 until 1883 and was married to an Austrian
princess, Marie Thérèse de Modène, 1817-1886. He spent most of his
life in exile, based mostly in Austria. I have not been able to find a
portrait of the Princess on line.

Henri was the last of the Bourbons, and died without children. The
title of "Head of the Family of France" and the claim to the throne
passed to the House of Orleans.

Some websites, in French, about Henri are at: articles/personnalites/HenriV.htm

There are several other Henry the Fifths, mostly in medieval Europe,
including a German Emperor and a Count of Luxembourg. "Henry" and its
variants was a very popular name.

Thank you for an interesting question.

Search terms:
Henri V
Marie-Therese de Modene
Shakespeare paintings
Subject: Re: famous paintings
From: byrd-ga on 25 Aug 2003 15:47 PDT
The wife of Henry V was Catherine of Valois (1401-1437), daughter of
Charles VI of France.  Here's a link to some history, including a
small image of her funeral effigy: 
However, although I found some mentions of a 15th century manuscript
drawing of Catherine, I found nothing about a 19th century portrait. 
The only mention of any portrait I was able to locate was an auction
listing of a portrait of Catherine and her second husband, Owen Tudor,
by a painter by the name of Fortunino Matania (1881-1963), here:  Hopefully
another Researcher may be able to help you find the portrait and
artist you're looking for.

Best wishes,

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