Benedetto Gennari, Bolognese painter of history and portraits, was a pupil of the artist Guercino. In 1674 he arrived in London, where he was commissioned to paint altarpieces for the Queen in her Roman Catholic chapels at Whitehall and in St James’s Palace. In 1688 Gennari followed James II to St Germain near Paris after the latter’s deposition from the English throne, and continued in royal service until 1692 when he returned to Bologna.
Catherine of Braganza (1638-1705) Queen of King Charles II
Oil on canvas
height: 126.00 cm, width: 101.50 cm
Purchased from Air Commodore Peter L Donkin, September 1980
Collection of politician Lieutenant Colonel James Archibald St George Fitzwarenne Despencer-Robertson (1893-1942) of Sydenham House, Lewdown, Devon, since 1938 (formerly of Wilbury House, Wiltshire); by descent to his sister, political speaker Miss Despencer-Robertson; by whom presented as Deed of Gift (with the house) to Air Commodore Peter L. Donkin of Combe Cross, Horsington, Temple Combe, Somerset; from whom purchased by the Department of the Environment in September 1980
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