Lady Jane Grey
Lady Jane Grey
by Gaspar Bouttats, after Magdalena de Passe, after Willem de Passe
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
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- Lady Jane Dudley (née Grey) (1537-1554), Proclaimed Queen 1553. Sitter associated with 57 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.
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- NPG D21019: Unknown woman formerly known as Anne Boleyn (from same plate [partly])
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Current affairsLord 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 sciencePuritan 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.
InternationalJames, 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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