Queen Mary I

1 portrait of Queen Mary I

Queen Mary I, after Anthonis Mor (Antonio Moro), 1555 - NPG 4174 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Queen Mary I

after Anthonis Mor (Antonio Moro)
oil on panel, 1555
3 3/8 in. x 2 1/2 in. (86 mm x 64 mm)
Given by Edward Peter Jones, 1960
Primary Collection
NPG 4174

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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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This pair of portraits of Mary and Philip are dated 1555 and may have been produced to celebrate their union. It is likely that these images were made in multiple versions, possibly as gifts for courtiers both in England and abroad. Soon after their marriage Mary was thought to be pregnant but by June 1555 this proved untrue, and Philip left England only a few months later.
The likeness of Mary derives from a portrait made by Antonis Mor in 1554. Mor was one of the most accomplished portrait painters in Europe and his painting celebrated Mary as a Habsburg consort as much as an English queen.

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  • NPG 4175: Philip II, King of Spain (companion portrait)

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