Selected archive documents relating to pre-18th Century portraits

Thomas Stanley
by Gilbert Soest
circa 1660
NPG 166

Letter from Charles Barry to Sir George Scharf, dated 26 May 1859, offering to sell the portrait of Selden to the National Portrait Gallery and giving details of the portrait's provenance. Note written by William Cole, one of the owners of the portrait of Selden, stating how he acquired it.

Mary, Queen of Scots
by Unknown artist
circa 1560-1592
NPG 1766

A receipt for the purchase of the portrait dated 23 March 1916.