Mary Tudor, Henry VIII's younger sister was known as one of the most beautiful princesses in Europe. She also had the trademark red hair of the Tudors. When she married the King of France, the Ambassador from Venice described her as " a Paradise - tall, slender, grey-eyed, possessing an extreme pallor". She wore her glorious silken red-gold hair flowing loose to her waist. She and her brother Henry were close as children, and he named his daughter Mary after her.
This so-called ‘movable’ screen is the only one of its kind known to have survived intact. Its original purpose was to screen the passage to the kitchen from the Great Hall – the main dining hall of Tudor times. Such screens were often richly carved, to show off the wealth and status of the family.
Tudor accessories: This woman holds a handkerchief in her gloved hand. The lacy band may be pulled-thread work, an early form of lace-style decoration, which is essentially making strategic holes in the cloth. Note the gold aglets down the front of her gown. They were common ornaments on clothing of the day. Henry VIII was fond of tearing his from his clothes and giving them as gifts.
Execution of Lady Jane Grey, according to Rowland Lea -'Lady Jane was calm, although Elizabeth and Ellen wept... The executioner kneeled down and asked for forgiveness, which she gave most willingly... she said: "I pray you dispatch me quickly." She tied a handkerchief over her eyes; then feeling for the block, she said, "What shall I do? Where is it?" One of the bystanders guided her. She laid down her head upon the block, and stretched forth her body.'
There are NO authenticated portraits of Jane Grey. To date, only one portrait has been generally accepted by art historians as a POTENTIALLY authentic likeness. The Streatham Portrait was acquired by the National Portrait Gallery (as NPG 6804), and displayed briefly in the Tudor Gallery. It has since been determined that the painting was created more than forty years after Jane Grey’s death.