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The flight of Jane Shore
(c. 1865)

oil on canvas
155.3 × 92.4 cm
Accession Number
International Painting
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Gift of A. L. Prinsep, 1934
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Gallery location
Not on display

Remained with the artist until his death, 1904; by descent to his son, Anthony Leyland Prinsep, London, 1904; his collection, until 1934; by whom donated to the NGV, 1934.

As a teenager, Val Prinsep was encouraged to paint by G. F. Watts, who was a long-standing house guest of Prinsep’s parents. According to Watts, in a letter of 1857, ‘I have … plunged him into the Pre-Raphaelite Styx … I found him loitering on the edge and gave him a good shove, and now his gods are Rossetti, Hunt and Millais’. Jane Shore (d. 1527), the influential mistress of Edward IV, was arrested after Edward’s death by the soldiers of Richard III, and imprisoned in the Tower of London. Prinsep shows her just before her arrest, crouching under a bridge, a hunted figure, her hair and clothes dishevelled, as she hides from the soldiers passing above.


The flight of Jane Shore (c. 1865)
Unknown - 19th century