Andrew Sheerboom was a Dutch painter born in 1832. He mostly created historic paintings but also painted interiors and cityscapes. People are always present in his work, whether it is a conversation around a dining table, in grand historic scenes or simply on the streets.

In the Featonbys sale he is represented with the oil painting The imprisonment of Princess Elizabeth in the Tower of London by Bishop Gardiner 1554. The canvas is signed in the lower right corner.

The painting depicts, as the title suggest, the imprisonment of Princess Elizabeth in the Tower of London after being accused for treason following the failed Wyatt Rebellion. Gardiner was the Bishop of Winchester, Lord Chancellor and Queen Mary’s chief advisor. He was the one leading the interrogation with the princess, who denied every accusation of her involvement.

The Tower was a terrifying place, its bloody history well known to everyone including Elizabeth. Her mother, Anne Boleyn was only one of many who had been beheaded there. She must have been scared for her life as she entered the Tower, but she still strongly kept proclaiming her innocence.

Her bravery is depicted clearly in Sheerboom’s painting. She leans forward, meeting the authoritative Bishop’s gaze - refusing to look away.

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