Mary, Queen of Scots

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Mary, Queen of Scots, after Cornelius and William Cure, (circa 1606-1616) - NPG 307b - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Mary, Queen of Scots

after Cornelius and William Cure
plaster cast of head, (circa 1606-1616)
11 in. (279 mm) high
acquired, 1870
Primary Collection
NPG 307b

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Commissioned by the Gallery in the late nineteenth century as an aid to the study of portraiture. This cast is taken from Mary, Queen of Scots' effigy in Westminster Abbey. The likeness portrayed in her tomb effigy derives from a version of her painted portrait, such as NPG 429, because it was the best image from which the sculptors could work when making the tomb monument many years after her death. It is likely that the original source was a miniature by Nicholas Hilliard, which was made during her imprisonment in England. The Italian mould maker, {Domenico Brucciani|mp06737, took plaster casts that were then made into electrotypes by the Birmingham firm {Elkington & Co|mp06937. The process used an electric current to deposit metal onto a mould made from the cast, which made an exact copy of the original sculpture.

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  • NPG 307: Mary, Queen of Scots (metal cast)

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