Jane served as lady-in-waiting to both of Henry’s first two wives, and appears to have come into the king’s affections at the beginning of 1536.
Henry and Jane married shortly after Anne Boleyn’s death in May 1536.
Within the first year of their marriage, Jane fell pregnant. Tragically, Jane died 12 days after the difficult birth of her son Edward in October 1537.
Henry was devastated by Jane’s death. Writing to the King of France, Henry described that
“Divine Providence has mingled my joy with the bitterness of the death of her who brought me this happiness.”
Jane is wearing a lovely red velvet gown with gold cloth sleeves. On her head is a gable headdress in the English style of the time.
This painting is unfinished. The flesh tones of Jane’s face and hands have been completed, but the rest of the portrait lacks the final details.
We can presume that the artist abandoned the work after Jane’s sudden death.
Painting the royal court