Hans Holbein the Younger (1497/8-1543)
Queen Jane Seymour (1508/9-1537) c.1536-7
Black and coloured chalks, pen and ink, and metalpoint, on pale pink prepared paper | 50.0 x 28.5 cm (overall, >1 sheets joined) | RCIN 912267
A portrait drawing of Queen Jane Seymour (1508/9-1537), the third wife of Henry VIII and mother of Edward VI. A half length portrait facing three-quarters to the left. There is a horizontal join in the paper 6.8 cm from the lower margin. This preparatory study was used by Holbein for a number of portraits of Jane Seymour including the painting in the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna. Inscribed in an eighteenth-century hand at upper left: Iane Seymour Queen.
Jane Seymour had been a Lady in Waiting to both Katherine of Aragon and Anne Boleyn, before marrying the King in May 1536, a few days after Anne's execution. In October 1537 she gave birth to Prince Edward, but died a few days later. She was buried at Windsor. This drawing is a preparatory study for a painting now in Vienna. Jane is shown wearing a pear-shaped pendant-jewel, which appears also to have been worn by Katherine Howard.
ProvenanceEdward VI, 1547; Henry FitzAlan, 12th Earl of Arundel; by whom bequeathed to John, Lord Lumley, 1580; by whom probably bequeathed to Henry, Prince of Wales, 1609, and thus inherited by Prince Charles (later Charles I), 1612; by whom exchanged with Philip Herbert, 4th Earl of Pembroke, 1627/8; by whom given to Thomas Howard, 2nd Earl of Arundel; acquired by Charles II by 1675
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