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A historical character of whom we know exraoridianarily little given the pivotal place in her times. for example is there anything approaching a contemporary portrait??? have been unable to discover one.

-- as above (stephenjakobi@compuserve.com), June 21, 2000


I have been searching the land over. Many portraits deemed to be that of Jane Grey have now been disputed and, to date, there is no certaintly that a portrait was ever painted or survived. But if you hear otherwise please let me know. Peter

-- Peter Carroll (peter@daphne61.freeserve.co.uk), October 03, 2000.

Yes, I conducted research at the National Portrait Gallery in London regarding Jane's portrait and there is only one existing picture that the specialists believe is truly Jane. I was able to see the picture while I was there but I have not seen it since in any book, documentary or web-site about Lady Jane. It's a small circular picture of her face. If you get a chance to go to London, go to the gallery and ask them; they will show it to you. The original picture was on loan somewhere in Russia so I only was able to see a copy of the original in the archives. I asked for a print which I received for a price and now Jane is hanging on my bedroom wall.

-- Anna Peckham (annie820@earthlink.net), December 08, 2000.

Thank you Anna Peckham for your advice about there being a very probably copy of Lady Jane Grey's portrait in the National Portrait Gallery in London. I will certainly be visiting when next in the City. If only we could be certain though! I do have the wonderful picture (also in the NPG) of Lady Jane's execution showing her in a white dress when we all know it was black. Never the less, the portrait is wonderful. One can see the Royal Chapel in the background which fits with the present scaffold site at the Tower although, the design seems to have alterered and the battlements have disappeared?

-- Peter Carroll (peter@daphne61.freeserve.co.uk), December 10, 2000.

I have aportrait of Lady Jane, though i'm not quite sure if it's true...but it is one that isn't on any web pages..only on a book by Marguerite Vance called Lady Jane Grey, Reluctant Queen. It looks alot like i woul;d imagine from all the other pictures that claim to be her. it's even labled as follows:

Jane Grey 1537 1554

with the picture in between the type. Once i get a scanner i'll be sure to post the url for it. By the way, it has the Tudor rose in the top left-hand corner as well.


-- Adreanna Early (SatonMune_@excite.com), March 09, 2001.

Adre, Post the pic when you get a scanner. I'd be interested to see which one you have. "Reluctant Queen" is a book I haven't heard of but I'm going to look for it. Does she have a dark headress on with reddish hair? pale skin? And is it in color? black and white? All I can say is: I wish I could live in London for a year to research her entire life. She's such a fascinating character/person within history. Most people have no clue who she is since most history books jump right from Edward VI to Bloody Mary. Hmph! Best of luck to everyone trying to find out info on Lady Jane's life!!! :-)


-- Anna Peckham (annie820@earthilnk.net), May 05, 2001.

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