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Portrait of the Day: Jane Seymour

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26 January 2020, 12:30

Room 1

Free

  • Talks and Lectures

Jane Seymour
after Hans Holbein the Younger
circa 1537
NPG 7025

Born at Wolf Hall, Wiltshire, probably in 1509. She was the sister of Edward Seymour, later Duke of Somerset, and Thomas Seymour, Lord High Admiral. She came to Henry VIII's notice as a lady-in-waiting, first to Katherine of Aragon and then to Anne Boleyn. Jane married the king in May 1536, less than a fortnight after Anne's execution, and in October 1537 she fulfilled Henry's most pressing ambition and gave birth to a son, later to become King Edward VI. Jane died twelve days later and was deeply mourned by Henry, who ordered that he would be buried beside her at Windsor.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery's Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.