Queen Mary I

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Queen Mary I, by Hans Eworth, 1554 - NPG 4861 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Queen Mary I

by Hans Eworth
oil on panel, 1554
8 1/2 in. x 6 5/8 in. (216 mm x 169 mm)
Purchased with help from The Art Fund, the Pilgrim Trust, H.M. Government, Miss Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, 1972
Primary Collection
NPG 4861

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  • Queen Mary I (1516-1558), Reigned 1553-8; daughter of Henry VIII and Katherine of Aragon. Sitter associated with 49 portraits.

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  • Hans Eworth (active 1540-died 1574). Artist associated with 25 portraits.

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This portrait was based on a sitting from the life in 1554. The large pendant pearl which hangs from her elaborate necklace in this portrait is thought to be 'La Peregrina' given to her by Philip at the time of her wedding. When he first met Mary, Philip is said to have cursed those who had painted her for having exaggerated her attractions. Recent technical analysis has revealed a small inscription, HE, painted onto the top left corner of the portrait.

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