The perhaps most famous image of Jane Shore is this one, based on nearly identical portraits at King's College Cambridge and Eton, both of which foundations she is supposed to have done friendly offices with Edward IV.
By the time I became interested in portraits of any sort, this image had been confidently re-identified as Diane de Poitiers, so it was never of great interest to me.
The more I learned about Diane de Poitiers, however, I realised that one identification made as little sense as another.
It was not the fashion in either of their day, and apart from Jane Shore’s very much forced walk of shame, there is no indication that either lady ever appeared in public anything else than fully clothed.
As much as something can be gleaned of somebody’s character from 500 years on, it seemed out of character for the both of them.
Moreover, she bears little resemblance to any of the many portraits of Diane de Poitiers.