Auction-Collection Records

A large amount of auction and collection records survive today which show that portraits at various periods in time were being identified as representing Lady Jane Grey.  Today, most of these paintings are lost though in some cases small written references survive which tell us a little about each painting.

By producing this page, I am attempting to place all these auction and collection records in one place. This makes them more accessible to the public in the hope of some of these lost portraits being located and studied further. 

Each record will be discussed separately. Within this I will attempt to document as much detail as I am able to find about each individual portrait along with my own thoughts and notes.

Portraits that have been located or at least an image has been located will be discussed in detail on my homepage.

If you know of any image identified as a portrait of Lady Jane Grey that has sold at auction in the past and want to submit details to this page , please, contact me via my contact page. If you also know of any other portraits that have had a previous identification or are still identified as Lady Jane Grey in collections today please get in touch via my contact page.

Title: Sykes Portrait

Auction Date: 22nd May 1824

Auction House:  Christies (London)

Lot Number: 1 (a)

Artist Attributed: Hans Holbein

Description: Portrait of Lady Jane Grey, whole length, with a book and crucifix before her. Small

Size:  No size given though referred to as small

Materials: No materials given in description

Seller: Sir Mark Masterman Sykes

Purchased By: Milner

Notes: Sir Mark Masterman Sykes, 3rd Baronet, was an English Landowner and collector of books, paintings, coins, and engravings.  He lived at Sledmere House, York, and some of his collection including the above portrait was sold off after his death in 1823.  Email communication with Sledmere House has confirmed that this portrait is not in the collection today and no documentation regarding it has been located within the collection records.

This portrait has not been located today.  

Title: Hoskins Portrait

Auction Date: 25th February 1905

Auction House:  Messrs. Christie, Manson & Woods

Lot Number: 16

Artist Attributed: Lucas de Heere

Description 1, Auction Catalouge: Portrait of Lady Jane Grey, in dark dress trimmed with pearls, and wearing a rope of black and white pearls; white cap, richly ornamented with pearls, and black veil hanging at the back; green background – oval.

Description 2, The Connoisseur Magazine: Portrait of Lady Jane Grey, in black velvet dress with pink sleeves, Jewelled cap and ornaments, on panel.

Description 3, The Connoisseur Magazine: Lucas de Heere, Portrait of Lady Jane Grey, in dark dress trimmed with pearls, and wearing a robe of black and white pearls, white cap richly ornamented with pearls, and black veil hanging at the back, on panel.

Size:  6 inches x 5 inches

Materials: oil on panel

Seller: Property of a Lady. Possibly Miss Hoskins, of Higham, Cockermouth

Purchased By: Unknown, purchased for 110 gns.

Notes: If the artist associated with this work is correct, Lucas de Heere (1534-1584) was a Flemish painter, poet and writer.  He fled the Netherlands for England to escape religious persecution. He is first recorded in England in 1566 and is highly unlikely to have painted an authentic portrait of Lady Jane Grey.

The description of the white cap closely resembles that of the French Hood with jewelled billaments and the black veil.

Another description of this painting published in The Connoisseur Magazine, vol. XII, May-August 1905 also reports that the sitter wears pink sleeves and indicates that the portrait had come from the collection of a Miss Hoskins, of Higham, Cockermouth.  Higham Hall, Cockermouth, is today a collage. It was the former home to the Hoskins family and was rebuilt 1828 by T.A Hoskins.

This portrait has not been located today.   

Digital Sources:

https://archive.org/details/jgmenzi00chri/page/6?q=lady+jane+grey+in+dark+dress+trimmed+with+pearls%2C+and+wearing+a+rope+of+black+and+white+pearls

https://archive.org/details/connoisseuranil01colmgoog/page/n82

https://archive.org/details/connoisseuranil00colmgoog/page/n287?q=in+the+sale+room+lucas+de+heere%2C+portrait+of+lady+jane+grey+in+a+dark+dress+trimmed+with+pearls+and+wearing+a+robe+of+black+and+white+pearls

The Farquhar Portrait

Auction Date: 3rd February 1823

Auction House: Christie’s London

Lot Number: 11 (a)

Artist Attributed: Federico Zuccari (Federico Zuccari c.1540-1609)

Description: Portrait of Lady Jane Grey

Size: Unknown

Materials: Unknown

Seller: Unknown

Purchased By: Sir Thomas Farquhar

Notes: Thomas Harvie Farquhar (1775-1836), 3rd Baronet was partner in the banking house of Herries. Farquhar & Co of St James Street, London. He married Sybella Martha in 1809 and purchased an estate known as Granard in Roehampton, Surrey. Thomas Farquhar sold a portrait thought to represent Lady Jane Grey eight years later. The artist associated with this painting had changed to Francois Clouet.

Auction Date: March 26th 1831

Auction House: Christie’s London

Lot Number: 54 (b)

Artist Attributed: Francois Clouet (c.1510-1572)

Description: Lady Jane Grey

Size: Unknown

Materials: Unknown

Seller: Thomas Farquhar  

Purchased By: Barnes

Notes: No further information has been located on the buyer of this portrat and this painting has yet to be located.