An unknown woman, possibly Margaret Douglas, Countess of Lennox

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An unknown woman, possibly Margaret Douglas, Countess of Lennox, by Unknown artist, circa 1560-1565 - NPG 401 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

An unknown woman, possibly Margaret Douglas, Countess of Lennox

by Unknown artist
oil on panel, circa 1560-1565
15 7/8 in. x 12 5/8 in. (403 mm x 321 mm)
Given by Hugh Welch Diamond, 1874
Primary Collection
NPG 401


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The identification of this portrait as Margaret Douglas is not certain, but is based upon facial similarity to other known portraits. Margaret held a powerful position at the Scottish court; she was the half-sister of James V of Scotland and aunt (and later mother-in-law) to Mary, Queen of Scots. She was a strong supporter of the Roman Catholic faith and lost no opportunity to advance her family's status. When instigating the marriage between her son, Lord Darnley, and Mary, Queen of Scots, Margaret presented the Scottish nobility with jewellery to encourage their acceptance of the marriage.

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