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Mary, Queen of Scots

17 of 145 portraits of Mary, Queen of Scots

Mary, Queen of Scots, by and published by Thomas de Leu, late 16th century - NPG D13138 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Mary, Queen of Scots

by and published by Thomas de Leu
line engraving, late 16th century
5 7/8 in. x 3 7/8 in. (148 mm x 98 mm) paper size
Reference Collection
NPG D13138


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It is not clear whether this print was produced during Mary's lifetime or not, but it appears to be based in a general way on a combination of the Hilliard miniature (illustrated on the text panel) and François Clouet's drawing of the Queen in white mourning. It testifies to the continuing interest in Mary felt in France after her departure from that country. The verse below the portrait, on the theme of beauty and nobility afflicted by danger and misfortune, exemplifies the way in which many of Mary's Catholic supporters abroad regarded her life.

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