The Execution Of Lady Jane Grey

Published May 14, 2013
Updated September 1, 2017

Execution Lady Jane Grey Paul De La Roche

Painted by Paul Delaroche in 1833, the soon-to-be fallen maiden is Lady Jane Grey, whose innocence was stolen from her just as quickly as her marriage. Grey bore the title of England’s queen for a mere nine days before her 1554 execution. While he waited 300 years to paint a dramatization of the subject matter, where Delaroche gains in emotional effect he loses in historical accuracy. For example, the snowy queen’s execution did not take place indoors; rather, the open air of Tower Green.

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