Fictitious portrait called Lady Jane Grey

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Fictitious portrait called Lady Jane Grey, by George Dawe, after  John Graham, circa 1795 - NPG D11096 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Fictitious portrait called Lady Jane Grey

by George Dawe, after John Graham
hand-coloured mezzotint, circa 1795
17 1/2 in. x 11 7/8 in. (443 mm x 303 mm) paper size
Purchased, 1966
Reference Collection
NPG D11096


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  • George Dawe (1781-1829), History and portrait painter. Artist associated with 43 portraits.
  • John Graham (1755-1817), Painter and teacher of art. Artist associated with 9 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.

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John Graham produced a series of paintings of tragic heroines on the eve of their execution, the others being Anne Boleyn and Mary, Queen of Scots. Here, Lady Jane is shown in the Tower of London, where she was held from July 1553 until her execution in February 1554. She is shown scratching the names of two of the fathers of the Protestant Reformation, John Wycliffe and Martin Luther, into her cell wall. The source of the laudatory verse underneath is as yet unidentified.

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