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'Interview between Lady Jane Grey and Dr Roger Ascham in the Year 1550'

4 of 4 portraits of Roger Ascham

'Interview between Lady Jane Grey and Dr Roger Ascham in the Year 1550', by William Say, after  Henri Jean-Baptiste Victoire Fradelle, published 1825 - NPG D7387 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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'Interview between Lady Jane Grey and Dr Roger Ascham in the Year 1550'

by William Say, after Henri Jean-Baptiste Victoire Fradelle
mezzotint, published 1825
15 5/8 in. x 19 3/8 in. (398 mm x 492 mm) paper size
Purchased, 1966
Reference Collection
NPG D7387


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  • Roger Ascham (1515-1568), Author and tutor to Elizabeth I (when Princess Elizabeth). Sitter in 4 portraits.
  • Lady Jane Dudley (née Grey) (1537-1554), Proclaimed Queen 1553. Sitter associated with 56 portraits.

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This print illustrates an episode recounted in Roger Ascham's treatise on education, The Scholemaster (1570). In 1550, the royal tutor Ascham visited Lady Jane and found her reading Plato's Phaedo in Greek while the rest of the household were out hunting. Ascham contrasted the joy that this 'sweet and noble' girl took in learning with her fear of her cruel parents. In the nineteenth century, Lady Jane's reputation as a gentle and modest scholar made her a preferred role model for the education of girls.

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