1. kay

    Why was each potrait so different? And how many portraits did she have? Maybe she was quiet because she spent all her time posing for potraits?

    • There are, as far as I know, only 5 portraits that were painted during Jane Seymour’s lifetime: 2 paintings by Holbein (Vienna, Kunsthistorisches Museum and The Hague, Mauritshuis) plus a preparatory sketch for them (Royal Collection, Windsor Castle); a portrait miniature by Lucas Hornebolte (or Horenbout); and the portrait (English school) owned by the Society of Antiquaries. All other pictures are based on these. And as the centuries went by, Jane’s features were more and more softened … , that’s why most of the portraits are so different. Sorry to say, but the 5 likenesses mentioned above show the undisputed truth – she was by no means a beauty queen.

  2. My mother is a Howard great grandaughter as well as a Nevill. She is therefore related to every wife of Henry VIII. Mary Bolyne-Carrey is our 12th great grandmother and This wonderful woman: Jane Semour is our 2nd cousin married to Henry VIII. Their son Edward VI is our second cousin depending on which side from which you count. D. Charles Rice 1948 Nebraska Dudley/Tudors

  3. Dr Karl Olah

    The pictures are all similar. I would go with Hol win as being the best representation. He was such a great artist that it is likely that he has captured her likeness better than most. Needless to say she doesn’t appear to be a looker by modern standards.


    The impression I always had was that she was a somewhat plain, quiet, mild – in short, Anti-Boleyn Matter. When I was young I thought she was horribly boring, but of course that’s how one got by with a guy like Henry. Ann of Cleves also survived by being boring.

  5. Sandy

    I didn’t know she was his favorite wife. She doesn’t look frivolous or fun loving, but rather dour in these depictions.

    • I believe she was his favorite wife – he is buried next to her. She gave him the son he so desired, unlike his other wives. They really weren’t together long enough for him to start to dislike her. The question will always be, what if she had survived, would he have fallen out of love with her? I think Jane was the most like his mother EoY and that is what he most desired. A wife like his beloved mother.

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