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Mary, Queen of Scots (1542-1587), Reigned 1542-67

Sitter associated with 146 portraits
The daughter of James V of Scotland and Mary of Guise, Mary spent her childhood in France, marrying Francis II in 1558. Following his early death, she returned to Scotland, ruling for seven years. Her marriage to Lord Darnley produced her only child, later James I of England and VI of Scotland, but ended in Darnley's murder in 1567. Mary later married the Earl of Bothwell who was implicated in Darnley's death. She was forced to abdicate in favour of her son and fled to England. As Elizabeth's immediate heir to the throne, she became the focus for Roman Catholic rebellion and was a continual threat to the future of Protestant England. In 1586 she was declared guilty of treason and executed the following year.

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555

Mary, Queen of Scots

after François Clouet
oil on canvas, (1560)
NPG 555

96

Unknown woman, formerly known as Mary, Queen of Scots

by Unknown artist
oil on panel, transferred to canvas, circa 1570
NPG 96

429

Mary, Queen of Scots

after Nicholas Hilliard
oil on panel, late 16th century (1578?)
On display in Room 2 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 429

1918

Mary, Queen of Scots

after Jacopo Primavera
electrotype of medal, (1580s)
NPG 1918

307

Mary, Queen of Scots

by Elkington & Co, cast by Domenico Brucciani, after Cornelius and William Cure
electrotype, 1870 (circa 1606-1616)
NPG 307

307a

Mary, Queen of Scots

after Cornelius and William Cure
plaster cast of front of head, (circa 1606-1616)
NPG 307a

307b

Mary, Queen of Scots

after Cornelius and William Cure
plaster cast of head, (circa 1606-1616)
NPG 307b

96a

Mary, Queen of Scots

after a medal by Unknown artist, after a medal by Jacopo Primavera
electrotype of medal, (18th century)
NPG 96a

x197215

Album introductory carte-de-visite

by Unknown photographer
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s
NPG x197215

D13137

Mary, Queen of Scots

after an engraving by Franz Huys
facsimile of an engraving, (1550s)
NPG D13137

D21634

Mary, Queen of Scots

after François Clouet
photograph of drawing, (circa 1560)
NPG D21634

D21633

Mary, Queen of Scots

after François Clouet
photograph of drawing, (circa 1560)
NPG D21633

D32134

Mary, Queen of Scots

after Unknown artist
line engraving, late 16th-early 17th century
NPG D32134

D32135

Mary, Queen of Scots

after Unknown artist
line engraving, late 16th century
NPG D32135

D32136

Mary, Queen of Scots

after Unknown artist
line engraving, late 16th century
NPG D32136

D13138

Mary, Queen of Scots

by and published by Thomas de Leu
line engraving, late 16th century
NPG D13138

D42632

Mary, Queen of Scots

by Leonard Gaultier, published by P. Gourdelle
line engraving, after 1587
NPG D42632

D25051

Mary, Queen of Scots

possibly by Richard Gaywood
etching, 17th century
NPG D25051

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