The second wife of Henry VIII, Anne was associated with the King from 1527 and secretly married him in 1533, shortly before Henry's divorce from Catherine of Aragon was completed. Later in the same year their daughter Princess Elizabeth (later Elizabeth I) was born. By 1536 Henry had grown tired of Anne and was still desperate for a male heir. She was charged with adultery and incest and was executed the same year.There are few contemporary portraits of Anne Boleyn and this painting derives from an earlier version. She was described as having a long neck, wide mouth and with 'eyes which were black and beautiful'.
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National Portrait Gallery, London
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