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Six Wives

July 26, 2013

Here is the ‘Six Wives’ series of monoprint drawings based loosely on paintings reputed to be of the six women who all (at one point or another) were married to Henry VIII. Henry himself apparently believed that the four marriages he got annulled (he didn’t really get ‘divorced’, contrary to what my drawing below says) meant that he thought he had never really been married to all six of his wives; so despite having had six weddings, he supposedly only thought of Jane Seymour and Catherine Parr as his two true wives, as he didn’t annul either of these marriages.

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Catherine of Aragon (Six Wives)

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Anne Boleyn (Six Wives)

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Jane Seymour (Six Wives)

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Anne of Cleves (Six Wives)

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Catherine Howard (Six Wives)

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Catherine Parr (Six Wives)

There’s a lot said about the Tudors, we may never know what is fact and what is fiction. It is this ambiguity, not entirely knowing what really happened, the blur between the abstract and the figurative, that draws me to them.

 

 

 

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