Anne Boleyn (?1502-1536)

Henry VIII's second wife. Descriptions of Anne emphasise her dark hair and black eyes, also a mole on her neck and the beginnings of a sixth finger on her left hand. The only surviving portrait of any quality, on which this drawing is based, gives little clue to the qualities that made her so attractive to the king that he was prepared to divorce the pope in order to marry her (1533). When she failed to produce the male heir Henry so desperately wanted, charges of adultery were brought against her and she was beheaded within the Tower of London on 19 May 1536.