53) The execution of Lady Jane Grey by (Paul) Hippolyte Delaroche 1797-1856
I warned you I am presenting my own and somewhat arbitrary list of the great painters and painting. This post is about one such. I intend to spend far more time on academic painting as is commonly done, but I think this sort of painting has a growing influence on young painters of the realist or traditional bent today.
A wealthy young Parisian and friend of Delacroix, Delaroche was a student of historical painter Antoine-Jean Gros. Gros was a student of David and had a great number of pupils. He painted the Execution picture in 1833
Lady Jane Grey was proclaimed Queen of England in 1553 and deposed nine days later. She was beheaded at age 16 a year later by Mary Tudor who ascended to the throne.
This painting was thought destroyed by a flood at the Tate gallery in 1928 but was discovered rolled up in a storeroom in 1973 in near perfect condition. It was moved to the National Gallery.