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Antique German Limning of Lady Jane Grey

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Antique German Limning of Lady Jane Grey
This miniature painting is of the fine featured Lady Jane Grey (1536-1554) with jewels. She was the granddaughter of Henry VIII's sister. Her father-in-law, the Duke of Northumberland, convinced the dying King Edward VI to name Lady Grey as his successor. Lady Jane Grey did not want to be Queen of England. She protested that she was unfit for this perilous task being forced upon her by her relatives. Unfortunately, for her, she very reluctantly became Queen of England about July 9, 1553. Her reign lasted 10 days until the forces of Mary Tutor, Henry VIII's daughter and lawful Queen of England could gain control. In 1554, this 17 year old woman, who never wanted to be Queen and ruled for only 10 days, was beheaded along with her husband and other relatives. This pastel enamel on ivory is more decorative art than just a standard portrait. It was carefully crafted showing detailed jewelry, hand gilded brass bezel around the convex glass lens, and ivory and tortoise shell inlay frame. It has a brass ring on the frame for hanging. More pictures, history and references available on our website. Size: ~ 4 1/8" H x 3 5/8" x 3/8"; Weight: ~77 grams

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