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Unknown woman engraved as Margaret Boleyn (perhaps intended as Mary Stafford (née Boleyn)

1 portrait of Mary Stafford (née Boleyn)

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Unknown woman engraved as Margaret Boleyn (perhaps intended as Mary Stafford (née Boleyn)

by John Ogborne, published by John Thane
line engraving, published 1 March 1774 (circa 1570s)
7 3/4 in. x 5 3/8 in. (198 mm x 135 mm) plate size
Given by the daughter of compiler William Fleming MD, Mary Elizabeth Stopford (née Fleming), 1931
Reference Collection
NPG D25597

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  • John Ogborne (1755-1837). Artist associated with 20 portraits.
  • John Thane (1748-1818), Printseller. Artist associated with 90 portraits, Sitter in 2 portraits.

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Coercive or 'Intolerable' Acts are passed in response to the crisis in the American colonies.

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Philosopher and chemist Joseph Priestley isolates oxygen in the form of a gas.
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Royal Crescent, Bath, designed by John Wood the Younger, is completed.
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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe publishes his romantic novel, The Sorrows of Young Werther, bringing him an immediate European reputation.
In retaliation for the Boston Tea Party, the port of Boston is closed under the first of the British government's Coercive Acts. Delegates from twelve American colonies meet in Philadelphia and agree not to import any goods from Britain.
Death of Louis XV of France. Louis XVI succeeds.

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Roland Hui

03 September 2016, 00:01

Anne Boleyn did not have a sister named 'Margaret', her name was 'Mary'. Also, the lady here (whoever Margaret Boleyn was, if she was not misidentified) wears Elizabethan costume. Mary Boleyn died in 1543.

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