I have just read a very interesting post about this portrait of an ‘English Princess’ dated back to 1535.
Originally it was implied that the sitter was Mary Tudor but of course this presents some problems because in 1535 Mary was not yet returned to favour and so would such a portrait have been commissioned? The other obvious issue is that in 1535 Mary is assumed to have been 19 years of age and this sitter to me looks much younger.
So we are left with the question, if not Mary then who? Perhaps current investigations will confirm the identify of the sitter.
Regardless of who this person is, it once again fills me with hope that one day we will either uncover a ‘new’ portrait or identify the sitter of a known portrait as being one of the Boleyns! Imagine finally seeing what George Boleyn looked like or setting your eyes upon a full length portrait of Anne Boleyn. Well, until then I can keep hoping…
To read the full post please visit Mary Tudor Renaissance Queen.