Anne Boleyn(circa 1500-1536), Second Queen of Henry VIII
Sitter associated with 23 portraits
The second wife of Henry VIII, Anne was associated with the King from 1527 and secretly married him in 1533, shortly before Henry's divorce from Katherine of Aragon was completed. Later in the same year their daughter Princess Elizabeth (later Elizabeth I) was born. By 1536 Henry had grown tired of Anne, and, still desperate for a male heir began to doubt the legitimacy of their marriage. That same year Anne was charged with adultery and incest and was executed at the Tower of London.
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published by Illustrated London News
wood engraving, published 4 February 1854
- Portrait of the Day: Anne Boleyn
29 June, 12:30