Cartoon for processional frieze (James VI and I to Mary of Guise), Scottish National Portrait Gallery
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Cartoon for processional frieze (James VI and I to Mary of Guise), Scottish National Portrait Gallery about 1898
  • Scottish Art
This drawing – or cartoon – is a study for a section of the processional frieze in the main hall of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery. William Hole, who was commissioned to decorate the gallery’s main hall, produced numerous sketches for every part of the scheme. This section can be found on the south wall and runs chronologically from right to left. It starts with Mary of Guise, mother of Mary Queen of Scots who is the third figure in this section. Lord Darnley and the Earl of Bothwell, husbands of Mary Queen of Scots, also feature, as does David Rizzio, her murdered secretary. In the middle appears church-reformer John Knox, with familiar cap and long beard. The section finishes with James VI of Scotland, who in 1603 became the first King of Great Britain.

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Commission

When an individual or organisation employs an artist to execute a particular project, the process and the resulting work are termed a ‘commission’.

Frieze

Derived from an element in classical architecture, it is used broadly to refer to any decorative horizontal band running along a wall or piece of furniture.

Commission, Frieze

Details

  • Acc. No. PG 2631 F
  • Medium Sepia wash over pencil on paper
  • Size 33.70 x 64.80 cm
  • Credit Purchased 1984