The Death of Lady Jane Gray , A.D. 1554.Acta Historica Reginarum Angliae. Plate VIII. Engraved from the Original Drawing, of the same dimensions in the Possession of Mr. V. Green. To Her Royal Highness Charlotte Augusta Matilda, Princess Royal of Greath Britain, This plate is, by permission, Most Humbly Dedicated, by Her Royal Hgihness's Most Devoted and Obedient Servant Valentine Green.
Publish'd August 1.st 1786 by V. & R. Green No. 29 Newman Street, Oxford Street, London.
Fine mezzotint, very rare, platemark 490 x 625mm (19¼ x 24½"). Creasing; uncut, large margins.
Lady Jane Gray shortly before her execution at the age of sixteen. After the death of Edward VI she became queen, but shortly after Henry VIII's daughter Mary Tudor claimed the throne (which Gray relinquished). After Mary became queen Gray was imprisoned in the Tower of London (visible in the background of this print) and although her execution was at first suspended, she was executed in February 1754 in the wake of Wyatt's rebellion, in which her father was implicated. The execution took place in the grounds of the Tower known as Tower Green, where Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard had also been executed. Plate eight of 'Acta Historicae Reginarum Angliae' by the celebrated mezzotinter Valentine Green (1739-183) from drawings by his former student Johann Gerhard Huck (c.1759-1811), with parallel text in French.
Whitman: 255 II of II; CS: 153.8. For the same engraving printed in colours see ref. 13308. Ex Collection of Hon Christopher Lennox-Boyd.
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