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Lady Jane Grey: Her Life & Times
Lady Jane Grey & Roger Ascham

Lady Jane Grey was born between spring and Oct 1537 at her family home of Bradgate Park. Her father was Henry Grey, the marquess of Dorset and his marchioness Frances Brandon. Frances was the daughter of Mary Rose Tudor, making her the granddaugther of Henry VII and the niece of Henry VIII, this would make Lady Jane Henry VIII's great-niece.

For more information about the life of Lady Jane Grey, please go here.

The following are various images based on Lady Jane Grey and her life. This page concentrates specifically on the incident with Roger Ascham, which is as follows:

In autumn 1549, when Lady Jane Grey was about 11/12 years old, Roger Ascham came on a visit and not finding Jane in the park with all the other members of the family and household, who were hunting, he was told she was in her own chamber. He found her in her closet "reading the Phaedon of Plato in Greek, with as much delight as gentlemen read the merry tales of Baccacio." He asked her "why she relinquished such past time as was then going on in the park for the sake of study?"

Jane replied, "I think all their sport in the park is but a shadow to that pleasure I find in Plato. Alas! good folk, they never felt what true pleasure means."

"And how attained you, madam," inquired Ascham, "to this true knowledge of pleasure? And what did chiefly allure you to it, seeing that few women and not many men have arrived at it?"

"I will tell you," replied Lady Jane, "and tell you a truth which perchance you may marvel at. One of the greatest benefits that God ever gave me, is that He sent me, with sharp, severe parents, so gentle a schoolmaster. When I am presence of either father or mother, whether I speak, keep silent, sit, stand or go, eat, drink, be merry or sad, be sewing, playing, dancing, or doing anything else, I must do it, as it were in such weight, measure and number, even as perfectly as God made the earth, or else I am so sharply taunted, so cruelly threatened, yea, presented sometimes with pinches, nips and bobs and other things, (which I will not name for the honour I bear them), so without measure misordered, that I think myself in Hell, till the time comes when I must go with Mr. Aylmer, who teacheth me so gently, so pleasantly, and with such pure allurements to learn, that I think all the time of nothing whilst I am with him. And when I am called from him, I fall to weeping, because whatever I do else but learning is full of great trouble, fear and wholesome misliking unto me. And this my book, hath been so much my pleasure, and bringing daily to me more pleasure and more, that in respect of it, all other pleasures in very deed be but trifles and troubles to me." - From the Ascham's "Schoolmaster".

Those that belong to My Collection will have in the text section of the image "My Collection" plus what info I know about the image.

Those that I've found in other resources, online, or items I was unable to get, will just have the info I have on it.

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Lady Jane Grey and Roger Ascham by John Callcott Horsley, R. A
My Collection
Title: Lady Jane Grey and Roger Ascham
Alternate Title: Roger Ascham's Visit to Lady Jane Grey at Bradgate
Artist: John Callcott Horsley (1817-1903), R. A. Pinxt.
Engraver: Lumb Stocks (1812-92), A.R.A. Sculpt
Location: From The Picture In The Collection of John Hick, ESQ. Bolton
Publisher: London, Virtue & Co.

Added 7 - 9 - 2002
Lady Jane Grey and Roger Ascham by John Callcott Horsley, R. ALady Jane Grey and Roger Ascham by John Callcott Horsley, R. A
Left
Title: A Colored Version of "Lady Jane Grey and Roger Ascham"
Artist: John Callcott Horsley R.A. (1817-1903)
Medium: Oil on Canvas
Year: 1853
Found Northwind.

Originally Added 2 - 12 - 2004 - Better Version Added 2 - 12 - 2006
Right - Another coloured version of the left image.

Added 2 - 12 - 2007
Lady Jane Grey and Roger Ascham
Title: Lady Jane Grey and Roger Ascham
Artist: J.C Horsley
Medium: Watercolour
Source: "Library of Choice Literature and Encyclopaedia of Universal Authorship" Vol. VII
Editors: Ainsworth Rand Spofford & Charles Gibbon
Publishers: Gebbie & Co.
Year: 1893
Read online here.

Added 2 - 12 - 2008.
Lady Jane Grey
Shows: Lady Jane Grey & Roger Ascham
Source: l'illustration Européenne
Year: 1871

Added 7 - 9 - 2009.
Lady Jane Grey Discovered By Roger Ascham
My Collection
Caption: "Lady Jane Grey Discovered By Roger Ascham."
Source: "Stories of the Lives of Noble Women"
Author: W.H. Davenport Adams
Year: 1904

Added 7 - 9 - 2004
Lady Jane Grey and Roger Ascham
My Collection
Caption: "Master Ascham Finds Lady Jane Reading Greek"
Source: "Discoverers and Adventurers"
Author: R.J. Unstead
Illustrator: Ron Stenberg
Year: 1965

Added 2 - 12 - 2008
Lady Jane Grey and Roger Ascham
My Collection
Title: Lady Jane Grey and Roger Ascham
Source: "Stories From English History: From B.C. 55 to A.D. 1901"
Author: Edited & Adapted by Henry P. Warren, L.H.D, Principal of the Albany Academy
Publisher: Boston, USA, D.C Heath & Co.
Year: 1909
Read online here.

Added 7 - 9 - 2003
Lady Jane Grey and Roger Ascham - Drawn by J. Godwin & W.J. Thomas
Title: Lady Jane Grey and Roger Ascham
Source: "Ladies of the Reformation: Memoirs of Distinguished Female Characters, Belonging to the Period of The Reformation in the Sixteenth Century"
Author: Rev. James Anderson
Artist(s): Drawn by J. Godwin & W.J. Thomas
Year: 1855
Found here.

Added 7 - 9 - 2007
Roger Ascham's visit to Lady Jane Grey
My Collection (Print, Not the Book)
Caption: "Roger Ascham's Visit to Lady Jane Grey"
Artist: Signed HMP
Source: "Cassell's History of England - From the Wars of the Roses to the Great Rebellion"
Publisher: Cassell and Company
Year: 1909
Read online here.

Added 2 - 12 - 2005
Lady Jane Grey Reading Plato In The Original Greek
My Collection
Caption: "Lady Jane Grey Reading Plato In The Original Greek."
Illustrator: Richard Tod (?)
Source: "Stories of the Lives of Noble Women"
Author: W.H. Davenport Adams
Publisher: Thomas Nelson & Sons
Year: 1911
Notes: There's a slight uncertainty if Richard Tod is the artist of the Lady Jane Grey image. All the other images in the book have his name on them but the Jane one doesn't.

Added 2 - 12 - 2005
Lady Jane Grey and Roger Ascham
Caption: "She Found More Pleasure Reading Plato Than In All Those Amusements"
Source: "The Juvenile Plutarch; Containing Accounts of the Lives of Celebrated Children and of the Infancy of Persons Who Have Been Illustrious For Their Virtues or Talents"
Year: 1820
Found here

Added 2 - 12 - 2007
Lady Jane Grey and Roger Ascham
Title: Lady Jane Grey and Roger Ascham
Original Caption: "She found more pleasure in reading Plato, than in all those amusements."
Source: "The Juvenile Plutarch; Containing Accounts of the Lives of Celebrated Children and of The Infancy of Persons Who Have Been Illustrious For Their Virtues or Talents"
Publishers: Munroe & Francis
Year: 1827
Read online here.

Added 2 - 12 - 2008.
Lady Jane Grey and Roger Ascham
My Collection
Caption: "Woman in the World of Letters - Lady Jane Grey and Roger Ascham"
Source: "Woman's Work and Worth: in Girlhood, Maidenhood and Wifehood"
Author: W.H Davenport Adams
Year: 1884

Added 9 - 9 - 2002
Lady Jane Grey and Roger Ascham
My Collection
Caption: "Interview Between Roger Ascham and Lady Jane Grey"
Source: "Stories of the Tower"
Author: Mary Wilson
Year: 1884 or later

Added 7 - 9 - 2005
Lady Jane Grey and Roger Ascham
Title: Lady Jane Grey and Roger Ascham
Type: Disbound Print
Source: "Cassell's Illustrated History of England"
Author: John Cassell
Year: Circa 1870

Added 2 - 12 - 2007
Lady Jane Grey
My Collection
Caption: "Lady Jane Grey Reading Plato"
Source: "The History of England, Related In Familiar Conversations By A Father To His Children"
Author: Elizabeth Helme
Year: 1821 (6th Edition, 2vols)

Added 2 - 12 - 2010.
Lady Jane Grey and Roger Ascham by A.E ChalonLady Jane Grey and Roger Ascham by A.E Chalon
Title: Lady Jane Grey and Roger Ascham
Artist: Attributed to the circle of A.E Chalon (1780 - 1860)
Medium: Romantic Watercolour Painting.

Added 2 - 12 - 2005
Lady Jane Grey and Roger Ascham By Henri Jean-Baptiste Victoire Fradelle
Title: "Roger Ascham & Lady Jane Grey"
Artist: Henri Jean-Baptiste Victoire Fradelle
Engraver: William Say, 1825
Location: National Portrait Gallery, London.

Image/Info Supplied By Inga Walton For My Use - Please Do Not Use Without My Permission.

Added 2 - 12 - 2003 - Larger Image Added 11 - 11 - 2007
Lady Jane Grey and Roger Ascham by Henri Jean-Baptiste Victoire Fradelle
Title: Lady Jane Grey and Dr Ascham, 1552.
Series Title: English History: 1486-1603.
Notes: A later engraving of "Roger Ascham & Lady Jane Grey"
Artist: Henri Jean-Baptiste Victoire Fradelle (1778-1865).

Info Supplied by Inga Walton.

Added 7 - 9 - 2002
Lady Jane Grey and Roger Ascham
Title: Lady Jane Grey and Roger Ascham
Source: "John Cassell's Illustrated History of England: From The Reign of Edward IV To the Death of Queen Elizabeth, Vol II"
Text By: William Howitt
Publisher: W. Kent and Co.
Year: 1858
Read online here.

Added 2 - 12 - 2008.
Lady Jane Grey


NEW
Shows: Lady Jane Grey and Roger Ascham
Artist: Henri Jean-Baptiste Fradelle
Print By: William Say
Medium: Stipple and etching
Year: 1825
Location: British Museum
Found here.
Info: Roger Ascham on the left, standing and speaking to Lady Jane Grey, who sits and gestures to a book on the right; Gothic room, bookcase and window in the background; outline in roulette.

Added 7 - 19 - 2011.
Lady Jane Grey
My Collection
Shows: Lady Jane Grey and Roger Ascham
Medium: Limited edition A4 print of Lady Jane Grey on good quality card. Original illustration produced using standard 'bic' biro.
Artist: Pete Dunbar
Year: 2009
Note: Based on the original artwork by Henri Jean-Baptiste Victoire Fradelle.

Added 2 - 12 - 2011.
Lady Jane Grey and Roger Ascham
My Collection
Title: "Lady Jane Grey and Roger Ascham"
Source: "The Story of Tudor and Stuart Britain Told In Pictures"
Author: C. W. Airne
Year: 1966

Added 7 - 9 - 2006 - Better Image Added 10 - 12 - 2006
Lady Jane Grey At Study
My Collection
Caption: "Lady Jane Grey At Study" (the man may be Roger Ascham)
Source: "History of Queen Elizabeth"
Author: Jacob Abbott
Publisher: NY Harper & Brothers Publishers, Franklin Square
Year: 1872
Notes: There's version of the same book put out by Altemus and the Jane image is different, a scan of that image appears on the Tower page.
Read online here.

Added 7 - 9 - 2003
Lady Jane Grey being instructed by Roger Ascham
My Collection
Title: "Subject for October: Scene from the times of the Tudor Kings. Lady Jane Grey being instructed by Roger Ascham"
Medium: Watercolour
Notes: Executed during the late 19th century, circa 1880, as a school exercise. The subject of the watercolor is inscribed on the back along with a signature, presumably of the teacher/examiner.

Added 7 - 9 - 2005
Lady Jane Grey and Roger Ascham
My Collection
Source: "Royal Children of English History"
Author: Edith Nesbit
Illustrator(s): Frances Brundage and M. Bowley
Year: 1896

Added 11 - 22 - 2002
Lady Jane Grey and Her Tutor, Ascham
My Collection
Title: "Lady Jane Grey and Her Tutor, Ascham"
Location: The Houses of Paliament - Bas Reliefs in the Prince's Chambers
Source: Illustrated London News
Date: February 7th, 1857.
Text about the bas relief:
The first here engraved represents Lady Jane Grey at her studies; the incident being her old tutor, Dr. Roger Ascham, discovering his pupil, and asking her how it is that she should be studying her books whilst her relations and friends are enjoying the sports of the field. She is here represented, in her meek way, listening; or it may be just answering her tutor's interrogation. The costume of the period has been adhered to in the testament of the subject. The arrangement of the folds in Lady Jane's dress is simple and graceful. The walls of the room are hung with tapestry. The suspended curtain in the left-hand corner is not in keeping with arrased apartments of the period of this incident. But the group is a clever composition.

Added 2 - 12 - 2004
Lady Jane Grey at Her Studies by William TheedLady Jane Grey at Her Studies by William Theed
Title: "Lady Jane Grey at Her Studies"
Artist: William Theed
Size: 30 x 31ins.
Year: 1855
Location: The Houses of Paliament - Bas Reliefs in the Prince's Chambers
Found here.

Added 7 - 9 - 2006
Lady Jane Grey at Her Studies by William Theed
Title: "Lady Jane Grey at Her Studies"
Artist: William Theed
Size: 30 x 31ins.
Year: 1855
Location: The Houses of Paliament - Bas Reliefs in the Prince's Chambers.

Courtesy of Elizabeth of the website Mary Tudor. - Please Do Not Use.

Added 2 - 12 - 2006
Lady Jane Grey
Shows: Lady Jane Grey and Ascham
Source: "Little Princes, Anecdotes of Illustrious Children of All Ages and Countries"
Author: Eliza Slater
Illustrator: John Callcott Horsley, ESQ
Year: 1850
Read online here.

Added 2 - 12 - 2010.
Lady Jane Grey and Roger Ascham
Source: "Little Princes, Anecdotes of Illustrious Children of All Ages and Countries"
Author: Eliza Slater
Illustrator: John Callcott Horsley, ESQ.
Year: 1843
Found here.

Added 7 - 9 - 2007
Lady Jane Grey and Roger Ascham
My Collection
Title: Lady Jane Grey and Roger Ascham
Source: "British History In Strip Pictures"
Author: James Mainwaring, M.A., D.Litt.
Illustrator: Stanley Herbert
Year: 1953
Notes: A panel from the story page.

To see the full story go here: Jane Comic.

Many thanks to Historian Alison Weir for originally submitting the images from the book, which enabled me to find a copy for myself.

Added 2 - 12 - 2006
Lady Jane Grey and Roger Ascham
Title: "Jane Grey and Roger Ascham"
Artist: Sawyer
Medium: Carriage Print
Notes: This print is one of 48 commissioned by the London Midland Region of British Rail to depict historical scenes in their area for displaying to their passengers in railway carriages. Four artists produced 12 each in 1954, including a painter called Sawyer who worked for Artists Partners Agency in Hyde Park.

Image/Info Supplied By Greg Norden of Carriage Prints For My Use - Please Do Not Use Without My Permission.

Added 7 - 9 - 2003
Lady Jane Grey and Roger Ascham
My Collection - One panel from a 5 page illustrated comic on the Life of Jane.

To view the full comic go here Jane Comic

Added 10 - 21 - 2002
Lady Jane Grey and Roger Ascham by William Harvey
Title: Lady Jane Grey and Roger Ascham
Source: "Half-hours With the Best Authors"
Author: Charles Knight
Illustrator: William Harvey based on drawings by Dalziel
Year: 1866
Found here.

Added 10 - 12 - 2007
Lady Jane Grey and Roger Ascham
My Collection
Information: One panel from a 7 panel illustrated comic titled "Real Life Stories: No.80: Lady Jane Grey"
Author: Christopher Logue
Artist: Laurence Houghton
Source: "Girl"
Date: September 14, 1955.

To view the full comic go here Jane Comic.

Added 10 - 12 - 2007
Lady Jane Grey


NEW
Title: Éducation de Jeanne Gray et D'Édouard VI
Shows: Lady Jane Grey, Edward VI and possibly Roger Ascham
Medium: Polychrome Print
Century: 19th
Found here.

Added 7 - 19 - 2011.
Lady Jane Grey and Roger Ascham
My Collection
Source: "Pleasant Stories in Prose and Verse"
Author: Jane Boden
Year: 1877
Notes: May or may not be Jane and Ascham, I'm not entirely sure.

Added 7 - 9 - 2007
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