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Lady Jane Grey - Houghton portrait

Mary, Queen of Scots, was one of the most fascinating and controversial monarchs of 16th century Europe. At one time, she claimed the crowns of four nations - Scotland, France, England and Ireland. Her physical beauty and kind heart were acknowledged even by her enemies. Yet she lacked the political skills to rule successfully in Scotland.

Miniature of Lady Jane Grey

This very rare image of Lady Jane Grey (1537-1554), who is known as the ‘nine day Queen’ of England, was painted by Lucas de Heere. Lady Jane was quite a scholar and is shown as a girl in her family home of Bradgate, in Leicestershire, before her ascension to the throne. The 16/17 year old Lady Jane was used as a political puppet to block the claims to the throne of Mary Tudor. Ousted after only nine days as Queen, Lady Jane was executed as a usurper at the Tower of London in 1554.

Tomb Effigy of Frances Brandon, Daughter of Princess Mary Tudor, mother of Jane Grey This is the only indisputable image of Frances Grey, Dutchess of Suffolk, and it accords well with known images of both Princess Mary Tudor and Ladies Jane and Catherine Grey.

French portrait of Queen Anne Boleyn. A version of Anne's official portrait, which has been lost/destroyed. It might even have been painted by Holbein. The best known variation is the Elizabethan portrait in London's National Portrait Gallery.

The "Syon Portrait" thought to be of Lady Jane Grey

Lady Jane Grey (1536/1537 – 12 February 1554), also known as Lady Jane Dudley[3] or The Nine Days' Queen,[4] was an English noblewoman and de facto monarch of England from 10 July until 19 July 1553. She relinquished the crown and was subsequently executed. The great-granddaughter of Henry VII through his younger daughter Mary, Jane was a first cousin once removed of Edward VI.

Lady Jane Grey

Lady Jane Grey, 16th century

Lady Jane Grey, by Richard Burchett Oil on panel, 1850’s

A collage of King Edward VI and his parents, Henry VIII and Jane Seymour.

Lady Jane Grey

Lady Jane Grey (b.1537 r.1553 d.1554)

The "Darnley Portrait" of Elizabeth I of England. It was named after a previous owner. Probably painted from life, this portrait is the source of the face pattern called "The Mask of Youth" which would be used for authorized portraits of Elizabeth for decades to come. Recent research has shown the colours have faded. The oranges and browns would have been crimson red in Elizabeth's time.

Lady Jane Grey

Portrait of Anne Boleyn from Hever Castle

Elizabeth I, The Welbeck or Wanstead Portrait by Marcus Gheeraerts the Elder, c.1585. (Private Collection)

16th century portrait of Elizabeth Woodville, wife of Edward IV and mother of Elizabeth of York

Maude Adams and Ethel Barrymore

Elizabeth Vernon (1572-1655) was the Chief Lady-in-Waiting to Queen Elizabeth I. She was Countess of Southampton and wife of Henry Wriothesley.