The Chawton Portrait

Katherine Grey, Countess of Hertford (25 August 1540 – 26 January 1568) – The Chawton Portrait

Called Queen Elizabeth I, but probably Katherine Grey Seymour[1]


Hever Castle




            Reputedly Jane Austen (d.1817), sister of Edward Austen Knight, Chawton House, Hampshire;

            thence by descent with the Knights of Chawton House;

            Lionel and/or Edward Knight, by whom sold between 1919 and 1960;

            Richard Philp Gallery, London, after 1966;

            Weiss Gallery, London, 1995;

            Hever Castle and Gardens, Kent.»[3]

For J. Stephan Edwards's assessment of the Chawton Portrait, see p. 162-167 of his book A Queen of a New Invention.

I have nothing new or particularly interesting to note about this portrait, except to point out that Margaret Grey or Lenton Astley was actually the direct ancestress of Sir Edward Knatchbull, 9th Baronet (20 December 1781 – 24 May 1849), who married as his second wife Fanny Knight. See Debrett's Baronetage of England and Burke's Peerage.

Margaret's daugther Eleanor Astley was the mother Sir Norton Knatchbull, the 1st Baronet.

Margaret Grey or Lenton Astley was the first cousin of Lady Jane Grey, and then naturally of course also the first cousin of Lady Katherine Grey.

Fanny Knight was one of the two favourite nieces of Jane Austen. Lady Knatchbull survived her husband by nearly 40 years, and could easily have gifted a portrait that once belonged to him to either her father Edward Austen Knight (1768–1852) or her brother Edward Knight (1794–1879).


[1] J. Stephan Edwards, A Queen of a New Invention, p. 163

[2] Ibid.

[3] Ibid.