The Death of Lady Jane Gray. Dedicated by Permission to the Queen by Her Majesties most Dutiful and Devoted Servant, W:Martin.From the Original Picture in the Town Hall, Norwich.
London, Publish'd Sepr. 1: 1790, by Wm. Martin Leicester Square, & Wm. Dickinson Engraver No. 158 New Bond Street. Size of the PICTURE 10 FT 4, by 9 FT.
Stipple and etching in stipple frame, printed in brown ink, published state, 405 x 450mm. 16 x 17¾". A good impression.
Lady Jane Grey (1536/1537 – 1554), also known as The Nine Days' Queen, was a young English noblewoman who occupied the English throne from 10 until 19 July 1553 and was executed for high treason. Here she stands with a book in one hand, looking up to left, one of her ladies kneeling and clinging to her left wrist protectively; a bishop stands to left, pointing at an open Bible held by a server and exhorting her to prayer, while a soldier stands in a full suit of armour in the far right and the executioner awaits. Other ladies weep nearby. A great-granddaughter of Henry VII by his younger daughter Mary, Jane was a first-cousin-once-removed of Edward VI. The teenage King left her the Crown in his will, thus trying to keep England protestant and subverting the claims of his half-sisters Mary and Elizabeth under the Third Succession Act. During her short reign Jane resided in the Tower of London and never to left the premises again. She became a prisoner when the Privy Council decided to change sides and proclaim Mary queen. See the companion print ref:18271. After William Martin (1753 - c.1831). Martin painted history paintings and presented two to his native Norwich in 1787. He had worked as an assistant to Cipriani and admired Kauffmann.
From the Norman Blackburn Collection. Collection N. Rapp.
[Ref: 18270] £350.00