Queen Mary I

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Queen Mary I, attributed to Lucas Horenbout (or Hornebolte), circa 1521-1525 - NPG 6453 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Queen Mary I

attributed to Lucas Horenbout (or Hornebolte)
watercolour on vellum, circa 1521-1525
1 3/8 in. (35 mm) sight diameter
Purchased, 1999
Primary Collection
NPG 6453


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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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Showing Mary as princess, this may be the earliest surviving English portrait miniature. The inscription painted on her bodice, meaning 'The Emperor', probably refers to Mary's engagement to the Emperor Charles V between 1521 and 1525.

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