Mary, Queen of Scots

1 portrait of Mary, Queen of Scots

Mary, Queen of Scots

after an engraving by Franz Huys
facsimile of an engraving, (1550s)
11 in. x 7 1/4 in. (280 mm x 184 mm) plate size; 10 1/8 in. x 9 7/8 in. (257 mm x 252 mm) paper size
Given by J.B. Foster, 1939
Reference Collection
NPG D13137

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  • Franz Huys (1522-1562). Artist associated with 2 portraits.

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Mary's father, James V of Scotland, died on 14 December 1542, and Mary, at just six days old, succeeded to the Scottish throne. She spent most of her childhood in France, while her mother Mary of Guise ruled as Regent of Scotland. Frans Huys's print, published in Antwerp while Mary was in France, was not made from life, but was probably based on contemporary coins that showed her head in profile.

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John Dudley, Earl of Warwick is made Lord President of the Council and Master of the King's Household Altars are replaced by communion tables in all London churches on the orders of the new Bishop Nicholas Ridley. Treaty of Boulogne - English forces withdraw from Scotland and Boulogne is returned to the French in return for a substantial payment.

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The Italian artist Giorgio Vasari writes Le Vite dei più eccellenti pittori, scultori e architettori (Lives of the Most Excellent Painters, Sculptors and Architects), the first work of Italian art history.


Election of Pope Julius III in Rome.

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