Mary, Queen of Scots

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Mary, Queen of Scots, by Adolphe Pierre Riffaut, after  François Clouet, published 1848 - NPG D13123 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Mary, Queen of Scots

by Adolphe Pierre Riffaut, after François Clouet
etching printed in colours, published 1848
16 in. x 11 3/8 in. (407 mm x 290 mm) plate size; 20 1/8 in. x 14 1/4 in. (512 mm x 362 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
Reference Collection
NPG D13123

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At the age of five and a half Mary was sent to France as the fiancée of the heir to the French throne, François, Dauphin of France. Ten years later, in 1558, she and François were married, and at about that time the court artist Clouet made a portrait drawing of her, which this print reproduces remarkably faithfully. The drawing is now in the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris, and is generally regarded as one of the earliest and finest portraits of Mary.

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