Thursday, July 17, 2008

Question from Michelle - Elizabeth receiving jewelry, etc. of her mothers

Are there portraits of Elizabeth wearing jewelry that belonged to Anne Boleyn? I read somewhere on this site that she's wearing the A necklace in the Whitehall portrait but I looked and Elizabeth isn't even in that one. It's Henry VII, his parents, and Jane Seymour. In the portrait of Henry VIII's family, Elizabeth appears like she could be wearing a necklace similar to one of Anne's but I can't find a version of it that I can enlarge on my computer and see. Did Elizabeth receive anything that belonged to her mother?


Blogger Elizabeth M. said...

Eric Ives in his book "The Life and Death of Anne Boleyn" addresses the possibility of Elizabeth receiving some of her mother's jewelry. He notes that the famous portrait if Elizabeth as a teenager, in the light red dress and matching French hood, that the pearl necklace she is wearing is startlingly similar to the one Anne Boleyn wears in the most famous portrait of her. He notes the pearls are very similar, and that maybe the "B" pendant of Anne's necklace has been replaced by another pendant for Elizabeth's necklace.

July 18, 2008 12:34 PM  
Blogger Lara said...

I wonder if the three pearls at the bottom of the "B" in the NPG portrait: and three of the pearls on the bottom of the two pendants Elizabeth is wearing here: are possibly the same? Sorry I don't have larger versions of the images up right now (someday I'll get the new ones posted!).

July 18, 2008 1:30 PM  
Anonymous Emily said...

Also, as to the confusion over the Whitehall murals, there were two.

There was the portrait of Henry, Jane Seymour, and Henry's parents, and then there was a portrait of Henry and his heirs.

THAT is the portrait referred to...often called the "Family Portrait" of Henry VIII. Present are two unknown servants (Most likely "Mother Jak" and Wil Somers - Henry's famous fool), Mary, Henry, Jane Seymour, Edward, and Elizabeth.

That picture can be found on this site, on the first gallery page under Elizabeth.

July 21, 2008 8:44 AM  
Blogger Joanne said...

I am reading Alison Weir's Lady Elizabeth and it mentions too that she wore an 'A' necklace from her mother in the Whitehall portrait.

Again I cannot find a picture that will enlarge enough to view on pc.

I thought the the origional portrait no longer existed, or only existed in part, but having looked at the version on this site and it is on display at Hampton Court so I'll be going to have a look, maybe it is the one with his mother and father that no longer exists?

September 10, 2009 4:19 AM  
Blogger Lara said...

It is definitely the one at Hampton Court where it looks like Elizabeth is wearing a pendant in an "A" shape. Unfortunately when the painting is reproduced, it usually ends up small on details because they try to fit the whole thing in a book and the original is quite wide. The 'zoom' feature on the painting at the Royal Collection website doesn't get in far enough either, but you can just sort of make out it looks like an "A". I should also mention that it is an "A" with a bar across the top.

I could swear that I just recently saw a closer version of Elizabeth from this painting somewhere relatively recently, but now I can't recall where it was. But I'll keep an eye out because I'd love to have a better view of the pendant she's wearing.

September 10, 2009 10:50 PM  
Blogger Joanne said...

I have been to Hampton Court today and spent ages looking at the picture, she has a necklace but it does not look like an 'A' at all?! I did take a photo but it is in a dark room and just beaks up on enlargement.

There are two photos, one with Henry's parents which is a reproduction of the Whitehall portrait that was destroyed by fire and another which shows him with Jane and his children with the fools in the background. Well worth a visit to HC to see them both but does not solve the mystery of the pendant :o(

October 03, 2009 12:40 PM  

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