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Lady Jane Grey

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Lady Jane Grey, by Gaspar Bouttats, after  Magdalena de Passe, after  Willem de Passe, 1658? - NPG D21397 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Lady Jane Grey

by Gaspar Bouttats, after Magdalena de Passe, after Willem de Passe
engraving, 1658?
11 7/8 in. x 7 3/8 in. (303 mm x 187 mm) plate size; 12 7/8 in. x 8 in. (328 mm x 204 mm) paper size
Reference Collection
NPG D21397

Sitterback to top

Artistsback to top

  • Gaspar Bouttats (1625-1695), Printmaker. Artist associated with 14 portraits.
  • Magdalena de Passe (1600-1638), Engraver. Artist associated with 136 portraits, Sitter in 2 portraits.
  • Willem de Passe (1597 or 1598-1636 or 1637), Engraver. Artist associated with 175 portraits.

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The print is an early example of the widespread dissemination and influence of the Heroologia Anglica portrait of Lady Jane. Produced for a Dutch audience, this print places an inverse copy of the de Passe engraving within an elaborate border decorated with grotesque motifs. A print in the Gallery archive of Anne Boleyn, another executed queen, has an identical border. It is possible that they came from a set of forty-three portraits produced by Bouttats in 1658.
Translation of Dutch inscription: Queen of England. Publicly executed on a scaffold in the Tower of London.

Related worksback to top

  • NPG D21019: Unknown woman formerly known as Anne Boleyn (from same plate [partly])

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Current affairs

Lord Protector, Oliver Cromwell dies from pneumonia at Whitehall on 3rd September. His effigy lay in state at Somerset House, the ceremony based upon that of James I. Cromwell's son, Richard Cromwell is nominated Lord Protector.
Granddaughter of James I, Princess Sophia marries Ernest Augustus, Elector of Hanover.

Art and science

Puritan divine, Richard Baxter, publishes A Call to the Unconverted, a core text of evangelicalism.
Playwright, William Davenant stages his innovative The Cruelty of the Spaniards in Peru, relating to Oliver Cromwell's anti-Spanish policy. Presented as a musical, it circumvents the ban imposed during the Interregnum on dramatic performances.


James, Duke of York, fighting alongside his brother, Henry, Duke of Gloucester, commands a Royalist contingent allied to Spanish forces against the armies of England, Holland and France at the Battle of the Dunes. Their defeat ends the prospect of a Royalist invasion of England with Spanish support.

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