Is there a painting or drawing of Anne from the time she was alive. gee English is hard for me so I hope you will understaind.

No contemporary portrait of Anne Boleyn exists either because they were lost, mistakenly identified as someone else or destroyed after her execution. Even the famous National Portrait Gallery portrait of Anne is not contemporary, although it is said to be a copy of a contemporary portrait - seeing as Anne was described as having black eyes and dark hair, it doesn't really fit with contemporary descriptions, the Hever Castle portrait of Anne holding a rose fits in more with that description.


6 thoughts on “Is there a painting or drawing of Anne from the time she was alive. gee English is hard for me so I hope you will understaind.”

  1. richard says:

    Thanks for the answer, I was question this because I found a portrait on Google that said it was a young Anne Boleyn and I thought: “well she does not like all the other portraits at all” , she had a necklace with HA around her neck so she could not be thàt young I think.
    I will look if I find it again and put the link here so maybe someone can help me out.

    1. Chelsea says:

      I have never seen this painting before. I pulled this and the NPG portrait up in two different windows and keep flipping back and forth. The paintings have the same nose and mouth….maybe Anne grew into the NPG painting as she aged a bit over her and Henry’s courtship?? They both have the same hood, necklace design (NPG has the “B” instead of the “HA”) and even the dresses are very similair. Hmmmm….literally makes my heart ache to know we can never just sit down with her and ask her things. I would even give up my head to walk in her shoes during her time. sigh.

  2. Claire says:

    Hi Richard,
    That one is a lovely portrait and it is only the HA necklace that identifies the sitter as Anne Boleyn. The colouring is right – dark eyes, dark hair and “swarthy” complexion, but there’s no way of knowing how accurate it is unfortunately.

  3. Eliza M. L. says:

    There are a few drawings from back then, probably by Holbein, that are thought to be Anne, but none have been proven. I believe there’s always some little detail that’s holding historians back…

  4. Sarah says:

    Do you think the somerley Portrait could be her?

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