Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Fashion or Flop? Lady Jane Grey

Here, Lady Jane is shown in a heavy damask gown adorned with silver thread and jewels. Though a heavy fabric, it is made almost "girly" and "fun" with its pink and cream swirls.

Aside: This is a portrait identified as that of Lady Jane Grey, the unfortunate "Nine Days Queen." However, the identity of the sitter is unknown.

I believe that it is Jane. It does bear a resemblance to Mary Tudor/Suffolk, Jane's Grandmother. This is, in fact, my favorite portrait of Jane. Unlike many Tudor portraits, I feel that the artist really captured Jane's features, making her appear "real" rather than romanticized, as many portraits are want to do. 
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6 comments:

  1. This portrait is very pretty and vibrant. I like it too. The colors really stand out. Definitely FASHION :)

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  2. Fashion! She looks elegant, stylish, feminine! Everything that a lovely young girl should look!

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  3. Very mid-Tudor - so it's within the realm of possibility that it is Jane - but I wish we really knew who it was. Anyway, the fashion gets a thumbs up from me. So elegant compared to the over-blown fashion of the Elizabethan era that followed.

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  4. Love her! Fashion, no doubt! The Audrey Hepburn of her short times! =)

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  5. Actually -- this is thought to be Katherine Parr, not Jane Grey. See: http://www.somegreymatter.com/meltonconstableportrait.htm

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  6. This has been confirmed and re-named as Katherine Parr, not Lady Jane Grey. It has been approved by the owner and The National Trust. http://www.somegreymatter.com/meltonconstableportrait.htm

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