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After Hippolyte Paul Delaroche (1797-1856)

'Jane Gray' 1857-58

Albumen print? | RCIN 2160761

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Photograph of a painting by Paul Delaroche, created in 1833 and now in the collection of the National Gallery (Inv. no. NG1909). Based on a sixteen-century account, the painting presents the final moments of Jane Grey (1537-54), great-granddaughter of Henry VII, who reigned for nine days as queen. Jane is shown blindfolded in a dark interior space, hesitantly about to kneel on a cushion on the flour. She is being guided to place her neck on the block by Sir John Brydges (1492-1557), Lieutenant of the Tower of London. Her executioner stands passively at the right, while two of the queen’s ladies-in-waiting appear distraught in the background, to the left.

  • Creator(s)

    After Hippolyte Paul Delaroche (1797-1856) (artist)

    Robert Jefferson Bingham (1825-70) (photographer)

  • Acquired by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
    Subject(s)
    • Places
      • Europe
        • Great Britain
          • England
            • Greater London [England]
              • London [Greater London]
                • Tower of London