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A rare portrait of Mary I as queen. She was the only child born of the ill-fated marriage of Henry VIII and his first wife Catherine of Aragon who survived to adulthood. Born 18 February 1516 – 17 November 1558. She was was Queen of England and Ireland from July 1553 until her death. Her brutal persecution of Protestants caused her opponents to give her the sobriquet "Bloody Mary".


King Francis I of France and his wife, Eleanor of Austria, niece of Catherine of Aragon


Circle of William Larkin (London c. 1585-1619) Double portrait, half-length, of a lady in a richly embroidered bodice with a red dress and sash, and a gentleman in a black doublet and a white lace collar, with a highly ornate sword and scabbard with a cameo of Saint George on the hilt inscribed 'LVCCI EST ET AMARE / ET AMARI' (upper centre) oil on canvas 40 ¼ x 50 1/8 in. (102.2 x 127.3 cm.)


Парные портреты великой княгини Елизаветы Алексеевны и великого князя Александра Павловича.


Phillip II returned to England from March to July 1557 to persuade Mary to support Spain in a new war against France. Mary's councillors advised against it as it contravened the marriage treaty. A war with France would also jeopardise French trade. The bad economic legacy from Edward VI's reign and a series of poor harvests meant England lacked supplies and finances to wage a war. War was only declared when Thomas Stafford invaded England from France in June 1556.


BAROCCI, Federico Fiori. Double Portrait with the Della Rovere Family Emblem. Oil on canvas. Private collection


Свадебный фотограф Александр Угаров (Ugarov). Фотография от 13.02.2013


Double portrait of Robert Shirley & his Circassian wife Teresia, c.1624–1627. He wears the exotic Persian clothes which so impressed his European hosts on his diplomatic missions. She wears a dress but also holds a flintlock pistol & a pocket watch, symbols modern Europe was introducing to Persia. In return, Turkey supplied Europe with exotic goods such as coffee, perfumes, spices, & tea.