About this artwork

This silver medal was cast to commemorate the marriage of Mary Queen of Scots with her second husband, Henry Stuart, Lord Darnley, on 29 July 1565. The writing around the double portrait reads: ‘Mary and Henry, Queen and King of Scots’. Mary had granted Darnley the title of King of Scots on the evening before their marriage. This was done without the approval of Parliament and therefore Darnley was not officially ‘crowned’. This image is one of only few portraits of Mary made during her years in Scotland. Darnley is shown in profile on the left, wearing armour. Mary faces him wearing a doublet, high collar and earrings.

Updated before 2020

  • artist:
  • title:
    Mary, Queen of Scots, 1542 - 1587. Reigned 1542 - 1567 (With Henry Stuart, Lord Darnley, 1545 - 1567) Medal commemorating the marriage of Mary and Lord Darnley
  • date created:
    Dated 1565
  • materials:
  • measurements:
    Diameter: 4.40 cm
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    Purchased 1910
  • accession number:
    PG 752 A
  • gallery:
  • depicted:
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve
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