A look at the ‘Tudors to Windsors’ exhibition at the Bendigo Art Gallery,Australia.


(c) Courtesy of the Bendigo Art Gallery


‘Tudors to Windsors: British Royal Portraits’ opened at the Bendigo Art Gallery, Australia on 16th March and runs until 14th July.


Lady Jane Dudley (née Grey)
(c) National Portrait Gallery


The exhibition includes the portrait of Lady Jane that was discovered in a house in Streatham in January 2006 and was purchased later that year by the National Portrait Gallery.


(c) Courtesy of the Bendigo Art Gallery


(c) Courtesy of the Bendigo Art Gallery


‘Tudors to Windsors traces the history of the British monarchy through the outstanding collection of the National Portrait Gallery, London. This exhibition highlights major events in British (and world) history from the sixteenth century to the present, examining the ways in which royal portraits were impacted by both the personalities of individual monarchs and wider historical change. Presenting some of the most significant royal portraits, the exhibition will explore five royal dynasties: the Tudors, the Stuarts, the Georgians, the Victorians and the Windsors shedding light on key figures and important historical moments. This exhibition also offers insight into the development of British art including works by the most important artists to have worked in Britain, from Sir Peter Lely and Sir Godfrey Kneller to Cecil Beaton and Annie Leibovitz.

To bring these royal figures to life, Bendigo Art Gallery has secured key loans of historic fashion, armour and personal effects which will be featured alongside these magnificent and imposing portraits.’

From Bendigo Art Gallery


The Tudors


(c) Courtesy of the Bendigo Art Gallery


(c) Courtesy of the Bendigo Art Gallery


(c) Courtesy of the Bendigo Art Gallery


The Stuarts


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(c) Courtesy of the Bendigo Art Gallery


(c) Courtesy of the Bendigo Art Gallery


The Georgians

(c) Courtesy of the Bendigo Art Gallery


(c) Bendigo Art Gallery


The Victorians

(c) Courtesy of the Bendigo Art Gallery


(c) Courtesy of the Bendigo Art Gallery


The Windsors


(c) Courtesy of the Bendigo Art Gallery


(c) Courtesy of the Bendigo Art Gallery


Learn more about the exhibition in this Bendigo Art Gallery film.


For more information about the exhibition and to buy tickets: Tudors to Windsors: Bendigo Art Gallery


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Thank you to the Bendigo Art Gallery for letting me use their photos.




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Books 2019 – on sale today – Daughters of Chivalry: The Forgotten Children of Edward I by Kelcey Wilson-Lee


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‘Virginal, chaste, humble, patiently waiting for rescue by brave knights and handsome princes: this idealized – and largely mythical – notion of the medieval noblewoman still lingers. Yet the reality was very different, as Kelcey Wilson-Lee shows in this vibrant account of the five daughters of the great English king, Edward I.

The lives of these sisters – Eleanora, Joanna, Margaret, Mary and Elizabeth – ran the full gamut of experiences open to royal women in the Middle Ages. Living as they did in a courtly culture founded on romantic longing and brilliant pageantry, they knew that a princess was to be chaste yet a mother to many children, preferably sons, meek yet able to influence a recalcitrant husband or even command a host of men-at-arms. Edward’s daughters were of course expected to cement alliances and secure lands and territory by making great dynastic marriages, or endow religious houses with royal favour. But they also skilfully managed enormous households, navigated choppy diplomatic waters and promoted their family’s cause throughout Europe – and had the courage to defy their royal father. They might never wear the crown in their own right, but they were utterly confident of their crucial role in the spectacle of medieval kingship.

Drawing on a wide range of contemporary sources, Daughters of Chivalry offers a rich portrait of these spirited Plantagenet women. With their libraries of beautifully illustrated psalters and tales of romance, their rich silks and gleaming jewels, we follow these formidable women throughout their lives and see them – at long last – shine from out of the shadows, revealing what it was to be a princess in the Age of Chivalry.’

From Amazon.co.uk

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Exhibition featuring painting of Lady Jane opens in Australia


‘Tudors to Windsors: British Royal Portraits’ exhibition at the ‘Bendigo Art Gallery’, Australia, opened on Saturday and runs until 14th July.


Lady Jane Dudley (née Grey)
(c) National Portrait Gallery


‘Tudors to Windsors traces the history of the British monarchy through the outstanding collection of the National Portrait Gallery, London. This exhibition highlights major events in British (and world) history from the sixteenth century to the present, examining the ways in which royal portraits were impacted by both the personalities of individual monarchs and wider historical change. Presenting some of the most significant royal portraits, the exhibition will explore five royal dynasties: the Tudors, the Stuarts, the Georgians, the Victorians and the Windsors shedding light on key figures and important historical moments. This exhibition also offers insight into the development of British art including works by the most important artists to have worked in Britain, from Sir Peter Lely and Sir Godfrey Kneller to Cecil Beaton and Annie Leibovitz.

To bring these royal figures to life, Bendigo Art Gallery has secured key loans of historic fashion, armour and personal effects which will be featured alongside these magnificent and imposing portraits.’

From Bendigo Art Gallery


The exhibition includes the portrait of Lady Jane that was discovered in a house in Streatham in January 2006 and was purchased later that year by the National Portrait Gallery.


(c) NPG
Montacute House


The portrait was first on display in Room 3 of the Tudor Galleries from spring 2007 to April 2009 and then at the entrance to the ‘Lady Jane Grey’ display from December 2009 until 15th August 2010.

Between March 2013 and May 2014 it was on display at Montacute House in Somerset. It was back in Room 3 at the National Portrait Gallery as part of ‘The Real Tudors: Kings & Queens Rediscovered’ exhibition from 12 September 2014 until 1st March 2015. The portrait returned to Room 2 of Montacute House in the late spring of 2015.

From October 7th 2018 to 27th January 2019, the painting was on display at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston as part of the ‘Tudors to Windsors: British Royal Portraits from Holbein to Warhol’ exhibition.



For more information about the exhibition and to buy tickets: Tudors to Windsors: Bendigo Art Gallery

To see which portraits are on display from the National Portrait Gallery: National Portrait Gallery – Bendigo Art Gallery, Australia



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On this day in 1528…


Mary Tudor, Duchess of Suffolk wrote a letter to Cardinal Wolsey from Castle Rising on this day in 1528.


Castle Rising

Castle Rising


Mary to Wolsey
March 17 1528

‘My very good lorde as hertely as I can I commande me unto your good Lordeship. Always thanking the same for the manyfolde kindness shewed to me and my husband. Desiring yowe of your good countynuance. And where as I amm enformed by my trusty counsaillours Ser Humfrey Banaster Knight my chamberleynn and Humphrey Wingfielde Esquyre that it pleased you for my sake to graunte unto them for the promocionn of a chapleyn of mynn the benefice of Graftonn Flyford in the Countie of Worcester being of the yerely value as I understood of xij markes. And that as now Maister Belknap hath caused an Office to be founde of the same. By reason wherof and as I suppose he hath axed orlese entendith to ax the said benefice of the King my brother for a Chapleyn of his. Wherof I beseche your lordeship to have inn your good remembraunce your saide graunte for my saide Chapleynn and to provide that my said Chapleynn be not by the meanes of the said Maister Belknap disapoynted or put frome the said benefice.

And thus our lorde have you my very goode lorde in his blissed tuycionn From the Manor of Rysing the xvijth daye of Marche.

Marie quene of france’

(p.189-190, Sadlack)


Source

The French Queen’s Letters: Mary Tudor Brandon and the Politics of Marriage in 16th Century Europe
Erin A Sadlack
9780230620308
2011, Palgrave Macmillan

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Books 2019 – 2 new books on sale today…


15th March – Louis XIV: The Real King of Versailles by Josephine Wilkinson


(c) Amberley Publishing


‘Intelligent, authoritative, and often surprising, a biography of the most famous of French monarchs, by an acclaimed biographer and historian.

Louis XIV’s story has all the ingredients of a Dumas classic: legendary beginnings, beguiling women, court intrigue, a mysterious prisoner in an iron mask, lavish court entertainments, the scandal of a mistress who was immersed in the dark arts, and a central character who is handsome and romantic, but with a frighteningly dark side to his character.

Louis believed himself to be semidivine. His self-identification as the Sun King, which was reflected in iconography of the sun god, Apollo, influenced every aspect of Louis’s life: his political philosophy, his wars, and his relationships with courtiers and subjects.

As a military strategist, Louis’s capacity was debatable, but he was an astute politician who led his country to the heights of sophistication and power – and then had the misfortune to live long enough to see it all crumble away. As the sun began to set upon this most glorious of reigns, it brought a gathering darkness filled with the anguish of dead heirs, threatened borders, and a populace that was dangerously dependent upon – but greatly distanced from – its king.’

From Amazon.co.uk

Further details – Amberley Publishing

Further details – Amazon.co.uk





15th March – Heroines of the Medieval World (paperback) by Sharon Bennett Connolly


(c) Amberley Publishing


‘These are the stories of women, famous, infamous and unknown, who shaped the course of medieval history. The lives and actions of medieval women were restricted by the men who ruled the homes, countries and world they lived in. It was men who fought wars, made laws and dictated religious doctrine. It was men who were taught to read, trained to rule and expected to fight. Today, it is easy to think that all women from this era were downtrodden and obedient housewives, whose sole purpose was to give birth to children (preferably boys) and serve their husbands. Heroines of the Medieval World looks at the lives of the women who broke the mould: those who defied social norms and made their own future, consequently changing lives, society and even the course of history.

Some of the women are famous, such as Eleanor of Aquitaine, who was not only a duchess in her own right but also Queen Consort of France through her first marriage and Queen Consort of England through her second, in addition to being a crusader and a rebel. Then there are the more obscure but no less remarkable figures such as Nicholaa de la Haye, who defended Lincoln Castle in the name of King John, and Maud de Braose, who spoke out against the same king’s excesses and whose death (or murder) was the inspiration for a clause in Magna Carta.

Women had to walk a fine line in the Middle Ages, but many learned to survive – even flourish – in this male-dominated world. Some led armies, while others made their influence felt in more subtle ways, but all made a contribution to their era and should be remembered for daring to defy and lead in a world that demanded they obey and follow.’

From – Amazon.co.uk

Further details – Amazon.co.uk



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