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Portrait of Catherine de Medici and her Children
Catherine de Medici and her children: Charles 9th, Henry 3d. the duke d'Alençon, and Margaret queen of Navarre.

Strawberry Hill ID: sh-000022
1561
Clouet, Francois, (French, c.1516-1572) ,Studio


Painting
Oil on canvas
198.1 x 137.2 cm
Private Collection

Strawberry Hill History

Location: Gallery

1774 Description: West end: A large piece of Catharine de' Medici and her children, Charles 9th. Henry 3d. the duke d’Alençon, and Margaret queen of Navarre; whole lengths, by Janet. (69)

1784 Description: West end: A large piece of Catharine de' Medici and her children, Charles 9th. Henry 3d. the duke d’Alençon, and Margaret queen of Navarre; whole lengths, by Janet: bought from Mr. Byde’s in Hertfordshire. (50)

Sale Text: A Splendid Gallery Picture, whole length Portraits of Catherine de Medici and her children, Charles IX, Henry III, the Duc D'Alençon, and Margaret, Queen of Navarre, by Janet. This extraordinary and powerful picture was purchased from Mr. Byde's collection in Hertfordshire, it displays with the greatest accuracy the rich costume of the period, and as a work of art, may be pronounced matchless. A strong likeness it will be observed is visible in the countenances of the children, which present a fine instance of the early period of Portrait painting.

Object History

Provenance: Mr. Byde, Hertfordshire; bt Horace Walpole, £25.0.0; 1842, Strawberry Hill Sale, day 21, lot 89, bt Hull, Wardour-street, £90.6; Scarisbrick Collection; 1892 July 2, Christie's, Hollingworth Magniac Collection, lot 94, bt L.T. Linton; 1896 June 6, Christie's, lot 80 bt Sir Tollemache Sinclair, £283.10; [1980], Private Collection, UK.

Exhibition History: Grafton Galleries, London, England, "The Fair Children," 1895.
["A Loan Exhibition Depicting the Reign of Queen Elizabeth in Aid of the Young Women's Christian Association." London, England. 1/26/1933-3/1933. no.201.]
"Horace Walpole's Strawberry Hill," Victoria and Albert Museum 5 March 2010- 4 July 2010, cat. no. 142.