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Jane Shore (c. 1450 - 1526/7)

British (English) School

Category

Art / Oil paintings

Date

1700 - 1799

Materials

Oil on canvas

Measurements

749 x 622 mm (29 ½ x 24 ½ in)

Place of origin

England

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Collection

Powis Castle and Garden, Powys (Accredited Museum)

NT 1180920

Caption

Jane Shore was one of the many mistresses of King Edward IV of England. Through her liaisons with the king and several other prominent courtiers she became entangled in the political intrigues that led to the usurpation of Richard III and the revival of Civil War in the 1480s. As Thomas More noted in his History of King Richard III (c.1513): “…she delighted not men so much in her beauty as in her pleasant behaviour. For a proper wit had she, and could both read well and write, merry in company, ready and quick of answer, neither mute nor full of babble, sometimes taunting without displeasure, and not without play.” Jane later became a recognised penitent, and in the early eighteenth century, the image of her in this guise was a popular subject. There are similar versions of this painting, from the same period, at Penrhyn Castle (NT 1420364) and Chirk Castle (NT 1171107).

Summary

Oil painting on canvas, Jane Shore (c. 1450 - 1526/7), English School, 18th century. A half-length imaginary portrait, to left, in hybrid costume of around 1545/55, in a brown velvet dress and lace collar wearing pendant earings, in the guise of a penitent, looking down, in transparent veil, V-shaped ruff, and dress ornamented with embroidered panels over her upper breast, and with a jewelled band across her breast and shoulders and down her front. She was mistress of Edward IV. Recorded as having been in the front parlour of Clive of India's house in Berkeley Square in 1771.

Provenance

Recorded as having been in the front parlour of Clive of India's house in Berkeley Square in the inventories of 31 May 1771, and 24 March 1775, as 'Jane Shore'; thence, through marriage and descent, at Powis Castle. Accepted by HM Treasury on 21st March, 1963 in lieu of tax and conveyed to National Trust ownership on 29th November 1963

Credit line

Powis Castle, The Powis Collection (National Trust)

Makers and roles

British (English) School, artist

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