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Hans Holbein the Younger (1497/8-1543)

Queen Anne Boleyn (c.1500-1536). On the verso, a coat of arms of the Wyatt family, and other heraldic sketches c.1533-6

RCIN 912189

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By 1526 the King had fallen in love with Anne Boleyn (c.1500–36). After divorcing Katherine of Aragon he married Anne in 1533, shortly before the birth of their daughter, Elizabeth. Anne was clever and cultured, but failed to provide Henry with the son he needed. She was charged with adultery and was executed for treason in May 1536. This is a rare surviving portrait of Anne.