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Lady Jane Grey

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Lady Jane Grey

after Unknown artist
line engraving and etching, 16th century?
4 1/8 in. x 2 5/8 in. (105 mm x 66 mm) paper size
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NPG D21401

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The source for this print is unknown, although it is likely to be a book illustration. The Latin inscription specifies that Lady Jane was the crowned Queen of England. This suggests that the print may well have originated in continental Europe, a theory supported by the sitter's costume. The print can therefore be seen as evidence of Lady Jane's Europe-wide fame. It suggests that European engravers formulated their own image of Lady Jane Grey rather than referring to English sources.

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