Lady Jane Grey
Lady Jane Grey
by James Basire, after George Vertue
stipple engraving, (1748)
4 1/2 in. x 6 3/4 in. (114 mm x 170 mm) plate size; 7 3/4 in. x 9 5/8 in. (198 mm x 245 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
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- Lady Jane Dudley (née Grey) (1537-1554), Proclaimed Queen 1553. Sitter associated with 57 portraits.
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James Basire crops the Vertue portrait to focus attention on Lady Jane's direct gaze. Although the source for the portrait is actually a painting of Elizabeth I, the print creates an illusion of authenticity through the addition of faithfully reproduced handwriting. The upper text, 'Jane the Quene', derives from original manuscripts from the brief period of Lady Jane's reign. The lower scripts are Lady Jane's signature following her marriage to Guilford Dudley and that of her husband: 'your most humble son…G. Dudley' and 'youre gracys humble daughter Jane Duddley'.
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Current affairsIn his role as magistrate, Henry Fielding organises the forerunner of the Bow Street Runners, effectively London's first police force.
Fire in the City of London causes over a million pounds worth of damage.
Art and scienceTobias Smollett publishes The Adventures of Roderick Random.
Samuel Richardson publishes Clarissa; the longest novel in the English language.
Philosopher David Hume publishes An Enquiry concerning Human Understanding.
Physician John Fothergill's pamphlet Account of the Sore Throat attended with Ulcers contains the first description of diphtheria.
InternationalAncient Roman city of Pompeii is rediscovered near Naples, further fuelling a resurgence of interest in the antique among British collectors such as the diplomat Sir William Hamilton.
Treaty of Aix-La-Chapelle ends the War of the Austrian Succession.
French writer Montesquieu anonymously publishes his influential treatise on political theory L'Esprit des Lois (The Spirit of the Laws).
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