isabella de bourbon queen of spain after velasquez

Isabella de Bourbon, Queen of Spain; After Velasquez.



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Oil on canvas in fine gilt frame.
This excellent portrait is an 18th century version of the 17th century original by Velasquez, now in the Prado, Madrid.
There is an intriguing history to this painting.
Verso, an incorrect German copperplate inscription on the canvas says 'Konigin Maria in Hispania der Konigs Von Engellendt Henri a Octavi Tochter'; this translates as 'Queen Mary of Spain, daughter of king Henry VIII of England'.
The sitter is without doubt Isabella de Bourbon, Queen of Spain (1602-1644).
Another handwritten inscription states that the portrait was brought to England after the Peninsular War (1807-1814) by Colonel Edward Howarth, KCB. KH (Royal Horse Artillery). How Howarth acquired the painting whilst in Spain is not known.
During the Peninsular War he became Brigadier General commanding the Royal Horse Artillery at the battles of Talavera, Busaco and Fuentes D'Onor, where the combined forces of Britain, Spain and Portugal fought Napoleon's empire for control of the Iberian Peninsula during the Napoleonic Wars.
SIZE: 43 x 35 x 5 inches including frame.
PROVENANCE: By descent in the Greenley family of Titley Court, Herefordshire. The Greenleys, originally de Grenelye in 1260 when first recorded, are one of the countries oldest families. Images 5 and 6 show Titley Court.
Internal Ref: 8947


Height = 109 cm (43")
Width = 86 cm (34")
Depth = 12 cm (5")

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