Queen Mary I

1 portrait of Queen Mary I

Queen Mary I, by Unknown artist, late 16th century - NPG 4980(16) - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Queen Mary I

by Unknown artist
oil on panel, late 16th century
22 1/2 in. x 17 3/4 in. (572 mm x 451 mm)
Purchased, 1974
Primary Collection
NPG 4980(16)


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

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This portrait of Mary I is based on paintings made during her lifetime by the Flemish artists Hans Eworth (active 1540-74) and Anthonis Mor (1516-75/6). Their compositions were widely reproduced in both paintings and prints. This painting has been executed in a smooth, refined way. The gold jewels have been painted with a pigment called lead-tin yellow. Tree ring dating indicates the wood used for the panel was felled sometime after 1585.

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