Unknown woman formerly known as Anne Boleyn

1 portrait of Anne Boleyn

Unknown woman formerly known as Anne Boleyn

probably by Robert White, after Hans Holbein the Younger
line engraving, published 1681?
3 3/4 in. x 2 7/8 in. (95 mm x 72 mm) paper size
Reference Collection
NPG D21020

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Sitterback to top

  • Anne Boleyn (circa 1500-1536), Second Queen of Henry VIII. Sitter associated with 26 portraits.

Artistsback to top

  • Hans Holbein the Younger (1497 or 1498-1543). Artist associated with 315 portraits, Sitter associated with 25 portraits.
  • Robert White (1645-1703), Engraver. Artist associated with 608 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.

Related worksback to top

  • NPG D21021: Unknown woman formerly known as Anne Boleyn (from same plate)

Events of 1681back to top

Current affairs

Third Exclusion Parliament meets in Oxford avoiding disruption in Whig-dominated London. Charles II refuses Exclusionists's proposal that James Scott, Duke of Monmouth, his illegitimate son with Lucy Walter, should succeed to the throne, replacing James, Duke of York.
Prominent Exclusionist, Anthony Ashley-Cooper, is arrested on suspicion of high treason.

Art and science

Natural philosopher, Samuel Morland is appointed 'Master of Mechanicks' to the king having transformed Windsor Castle's water system.
Architect, Christopher Wren, is commissioned to design the Royal Hospital, Chelsea.
Poet laureate, John Dryden, writes political satire Absalom and Achitophel, focusing upon the trial of Anthony Ashley-Cooper.


King of France, Louis XIV, concerned by England's instability over the exclusion crisis, offers Charles II a subsidy, bolstering the king in his dealings with Parliament. In return, England agrees to withdraw from entering an anti-French alliance with Spain; Laurence Hyde, Lord of the Treasury, signs the accord with France.

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Howard Jones

28 March 2016, 12:44

This lady appears to have a swelling on the right hand side of the neck. Anne Boleyn was also said to have a swelling on her neck.
A copy of the painting known as Lady Bergavenny from the Holbein Room at Strawberry Hill also presents a similar neck swelling.
Misidentified as Lady Joanna Abergavenny the Strawberry Hill painting (by or after Holbein) and this NPG picture both provide potential portraits of Queen Anne Boleyn.

Howard Jones

27 January 2016, 15:01

This appears to be Anne Boleyn, the reservations may be unfounded. A series of paintings and engravings relating to the Holbein drawing from Weston Park appear to be very similar to this design but they all probably depict Katherine Howard althouth they are all called Anne Boleyn. This print has very distinctive eyebrows and there seems to be an indication of a swelling on her neck.

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