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George and Jane Boleyn studies by suburbanbeatnik George and Jane Boleyn studies by suburbanbeatnik
Here's a more developed drawing of George Boleyn, Anne Boleyn's proud, womanizing brother, and his wife Jane, best known for her betrayal of him (her testimony regarding his alleged incest with Anne sent him to the headsman). Here is my first sketch here: [link]

Most novels have portrayed Jane as a mousy, nagging sort, but since she had a starring role in a court masque she was certainly pretty (as lead roles in court masques were not given to unattractive wallflowers). Both she and her husband shared a love of luxury- they had a bed of cloth of gold- but had no children, which must have provided some interesting difficulties in their relationship, as George's father Thomas was an ambitious, domineering type, and Jane was the only daughter of a wealthy titled scholar. Their marriage must have seemed initially like a wonderful thing, since they were both worldly, good looking young people, but we all know how the marriage worked out in the end. One wonders what their conversations were like.

I haven't read the recent biography of Jane Boleyn by Julia Fox, but Hilary Mantel- one of my favorite authors- wrote a very interesting review of the book here, with lots of good information about this enigmatic couple. [link]
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MRCJames Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2017
I do not think Anne was guilty of anything. Incest? Nope...Witchcraft? No... Henry just frustrated because he was obsessed with getting a male heir. 
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah, pretty much. 
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MRCJames Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2017
Have you read Phillippa Gregory's book, "the Boylene Inheritance" ? Its told from the perspective of Jane Boleyn, Katherine Howard and Anne of Cleves. Good historical fiction.
I though that the HBO series, "the Tudors" was pretty accurate for the most part except that when Jane and Katherine were beheaded, they beheaded Jane Boleyn first when in actuality Jane followed Katherine to the block and had to lay her head on the block covered in Katherine's blood. The show reversed the sequence of theses ladies' beheading. 
Otherwise I enjoyed the show thoroughly. 

As for George Boleyn, he is portrayed as taking male lovers and this infuriates his wife who jumped on the rumors that he and sister Anne were intimate. Her testimony (among others) sent her husband and sister in law to the block. 
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner May 18, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm not really a fan of Phillippa Gregory, TBH. I also watched all of The Tudors, and I thought the second season was pretty good (mainly on account of Natalie Dormer and James Frain) but the show quickly went downhill after the writer's strike. The actress who played Jane did a pretty good job with the role, though I thought the show recycled a lot of nonsensical ideas with not much basis in historical reality. Also, the costumes were terrible. 

If you've never read Julia Fox's recent biography of Jane Boleyn, I highly recommend it. www.amazon.com/dp/B000W966S4/r…
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eternalkikyofan Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like how you've drawn Jane Boleyn because as far as I'm aware there is no contemporary portrait of her (I'm a scary history fanatic and a member of a TudorTalk, a Yahoo group)
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! I gave a lot of thought to how I would portray her... I don't think she was as horrible as portrayed in pop culture, but I think it's likely that her and George's relationship was definitely Fraught.

There's an Anne Boleyn themed novel I'm in talks to do the cover for... wish me luck! *crosses fingers*
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eternalkikyofan Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Good luck! I don't think she was horrible, but it seems like she might not have been the "full shilling".
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh man, I jinxed myself by mentioning a possible job to someone online-- I didn't get it! :saddummy:

Anyway, here's a sketch I did of Anne Boleyn, as kind of a door prize to myself: [link]
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eternalkikyofan Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Don't worry, there will be other jobs. :)
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I know-- I have a ton of them right now, so I'm not complaining too much.

But still, an Anne Boleyn book cover! That would have been so cool... *whimpers*
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eternalkikyofan Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
*hugs* Don't worry. I hope to publish a book someday. Maybe I'll make sure you get to do the cover art and draw the six wives of Henry VIII :)
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
LOL that would be awesome! Thank you! :D
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MoneyHoney22 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2011
I'm completely in love with George, I really like the fact that you draw him (so handsomely, as well). I hate Jane though, but you even made her look nice!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! Did you see my George and Jane painting here? [link]
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MoneyHoney22 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2011
Yes..it's beautiful! I love George
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
He is a very intriguing fellow! Did you see my "Falling from Grace" painting, with George, Jane and Cromwell? [link]
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MoneyHoney22 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2011
I did indeed. I love all your work!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :D
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riek92 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2011  Professional General Artist
Absolutely wonderfull sketch!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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riek92 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2011  Professional General Artist
You're welcome ;) :hug:
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nuttybars2 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
love the detailing great job =)
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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nuttybars2 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
your welcome =)
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KyleeSprite Featured By Owner May 1, 2010
Ooo. Very nice.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner May 14, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :)
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EmpressofHeaven Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2009
This is amazingly well done.
I still LOATHE Jane though. I understand life is hard but GEEZ she mustve known what she was doing to Anne.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!

Have you read the new Jane Boleyn bio? It's pretty interesting!
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EmpressofHeaven Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2009
no i havent! is it online somewher? id love to read it.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
You can find it here: [link] I checked it out from the library. It's at times a dry read, but Julia Fox really examines all the sources, and draws her own conclusions. (Her footnotes in the appendices really are the best part. It's too bad they weren't incorporated more into the main text.)
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EmpressofHeaven Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2009
really? well ill go hunt for it at the library. its sounds interesting, and despite my deep loathing it would be interesting to understand what motivated her.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
It's definitely worth a read!
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EmpressofHeaven Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2009
awesome! thank you!
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AyaneShinobi Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2009   Traditional Artist
I like how you drew them. It was too bad George Boleyn got caught up in what was more than likely a rumour/life about he having to do anything with Anne. (When I was in my last semester of college last year, I did this huge research paper on Henry VIII and his relationships with his wives and children, so I know a decent amount of history regarding the Tudors.) The clothing from that time was extremely elaborate!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow, how cool! I'm sure you know more about the Tudors than I do (I'm just learning). How did I do on the clothing?
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AyaneShinobi Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2009   Traditional Artist
The clothing looks accurate to me. :thumbsup: The only way we (as in people in general) know what kind of clothing they work back in Henry VIII's time is looking at all those portraits & paintings. H8 in particular wore flamboyant clothing. The last Tudor film I watched was "The Other Boleyn Girl" and to me, the clothing he wears (as well as Anne) are very accurate (they look like they did in the portraits). I'm sure the other clothing in the film was accurate to that time as well (since costume designers can base it off paintings from that time).

As for the Tudor history itself, it is very interesting. I was glad I chose to write about H8 & his relationship with his wives and children last year. I learned quite a bit. (I went through tons of academic journals & books about that topic.) Henry was such a player!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! That's good to hear that I got the costumes right. I thought they were mostly correct, but I wasn't sure if I'd goofed on some of the details...

Even if I had a time machine, I really wouldn't want to meet Henry. He just seems so... hateful! There's nothing about him I find particularly admirable, I'm afraid.

I'm trying to learn more about the Tudor court right now too- I'm reading Julia Fox's "Jane Boleyn" bio right now. There's so little info about her out there, a lot of the writing is fairly generic, but her notes in the appendices are great, and very detailed. What books did you read for your paper?
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cabepfir Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
featured in my journal [link] :)
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh, these are just wonderful! :D He's dashing alright - but with a wonderful sense of gravity too, which I like! I agree with *cabepfir about Jane's expression too. :nod:

There was a period in which I devoured and drew Tudor history and costume. I was drawing those turned up bell sleeves and gable hoods in my sleep, I think. :lol:

With regards Gregory, I don't actually mind her writing - I don't look for history there. The trouble only begins when, inevitably, people less familiar with the history begin to look to her for guidance. And then when film adaptations come along, the 'fastness and looseness' gets even further overboard...
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! I'm glad that you like. I had a lot of fun figuring out these characters- I can't wait to paint them.

What books did you use for research? I'm still learning about the period, so any advice that you might have would be great!

I've forgiven bigger lapses from the historical record by authors I like, but Gregory is not only a mediocre writer (i.e. "Anne gave her sexy gurgle of laughter"), but she is painfully self-important, claiming in interviews she's a meticulous researcher and whatnot, when it's obvious she's not. She doesn't sound like somebody I like, and there are many aspects of her writing that I find distasteful. Sibling incest crops up a lot... so, yeah, urm... :P
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Hehe, I've never seen her interviewed, so couldn't posibly comment. :giggle:

I didn't read any real suggestion of incest in TOBG though - I thought that left it entirely up to interpretation. I don't know what the film did in adapting it...
Yes, there are some passages that made me laugh a little, though I'm guessing it's supposed to be appealing to an audience who might not otherwise read historical novels. I don't know. :giggle:

Gah, I can't remember the books I read all those years ago now. :confused: I think I was about 15 or so when I first absorbed Tudor history. I should probably revisit it, perhaps...
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peteandco Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2009
Aah .... poor George . :sniff:
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I know, it's so sad!
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peteandco Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2009
yes, i think he's the most to be painful for,
because - at least in the other boleyn girl, i don't talk for the other movies or series - he's just had no time to understand for what he's condemned that he lost already his head.
Moreover, this is aweful what they accused him for.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
And that there are no portraits of him left... I wonder if they were destroyed after his fall from grace...
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peteandco Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2009
Probably, at least i think.
I'm glad jane Boleyn has be condemned , even if it's not for the same fault
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cricketfantasy Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
oops ment "boleyn", spelling error, my bad :P
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cricketfantasy Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
OOh! Very nice sketches
I highly recommend the new movie "The Other Boyleyn Girl". It's very good and shows a lot of perspective from Jane in the tale of her royalty and marriage to King George.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I like that movie a lot. I've already seen it twice!

And you mean Henry, don't you? ;P
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cricketfantasy Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
Oh yes of course, my bad haha
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