Friday, 12 January 2018

Lady Jane, Don't leave me hangin' on the line...

I know it's a bit of a rarity, but here is a new cartoon for the new(ish) year.
A fun cartoon about the beheading of a 16 year old girl.

How did this one come about??
One of my favourite paintings in London's National Gallery is Paul Delaroche's 'The Execution of Lady Jane Grey'.

This is from the gallery's website:
"Lady Jane Grey was Queen of England for just 9 days until she was driven from the throne and sent to the Tower of London to be executed.
Jane became queen after the death of her cousin, Edward VI in 1553. As a Protestant, Jane was crowned queen in a bid to shore up Protestantism and keep Catholic influence at bay.
The plan didn't work. Jane's claim to the crown was much weaker than Edward VI's half sister Mary. Mary, a Catholic, had popular support and soon replaced Jane as queen.
Lady Jane Grey was executed at Tower Green on 12 February 1554. She was just 16 years old.
In this painting, she is guided towards the execution block by Sir John Brydges, Lieutenant of the Tower. The straw on which the block rests was intended to soak up the victim's blood. The executioner stands impassive to the right and two ladies in attendance are shown grieving to the left.
The painting was exhibited in Paris at the city's famous Salon in 1834, where it caused a sensation
BBC4 recently broadcast a prog about her:

Anyway- back to me and my cartoon.
I had this painting in mind when Prince Harry's future missus was in all the papers recently- and there seemed to be loads of features along the lines of 'Public goes wild over Meghan's new coat'.

Private Eye took this one- many thanks to them as always.