About this artwork

Within eighteen months Mary, Queen of Scots, lost three members of her closest family - her father-in-law, Henry II of France, her mother, Mary of Guise, and finally, on 5 December 1560, her husband, Francois II of France. She is shown here in mourning, wearing a white hood and veil. According to the Venetian Ambassador to the French court, Mary was inconsolable and her 'tears and lamentations inspired a great pity' in everyone. Eight months later, having lost her position as Queen of France, Mary landed at Leith to take up her duties as Queen of Scotland.

  • artist:
  • title:
    Mary, Queen of Scots, 1542 - 1587. Reigned 1542 - 1567 (In white mourning)
  • date created:
    Probably a 19th century replica after an image of 1561
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  • materials:
    Oil on panel
  • measurements:
    32.90 x 27.40 cm (framed: 58.20 x 52.00 x 6.00 cm)
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    Purchased 1887
  • accession number:
    PG 186
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  • depicted:
  • subject:
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve