Lady Jane Grey

1 portrait on display in Room 2 at Montacute House

Lady Jane Grey, by Unknown artist, circa 1590-1600 - NPG 6804 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Lady Jane Grey

by Unknown artist
oil on oak panel, circa 1590-1600
33 3/4 in. x 23 3/4 in. (856 mm x 603 mm)
Purchased with help from the proceeds of the 150th anniversary gala, 2006
Primary Collection
NPG 6804


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This panel is one of the earliest surviving portraits of England's shortest-reigning monarch, Lady Jane Grey. It was not painted from the life, or indeed made during Jane Grey's lifetime, but is a commemorative image created some forty years after her death. It may have formed part of a set of Protestant martyrs. Scratched lines across the eyes and mouth suggests that the painting was the subject of an iconoclastic attack at some point in its history.

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