About this artwork

This wash drawing is one of David Allan’s sketches for a series of large-scale history paintings, most of which were never executed. Mistakenly inscribed ‘Queen Mary surrenders at Pinkie’, this drawing shows Mary’s return to Edinburgh after her surrender at Carberry Hill. Essentially a prisoner of the Confederate Lords, she was taken to the Provost’s residence on High Street. An angry and excited mob eagerly awaited her arrival, shouting abuse and accusing her of murder. The rebel Lords’ propaganda had clearly worked. To the left, their banner shows an image of the young Prince James and his murdered father, Lord Darnley. The writing: ‘Judge and revenge my cause, O Lord’, implied that the Lords were acting in the prince’s interest by avenging Darnley’s death.

Updated before 2020

  • artist:
  • title:
    Scene from the Life of Mary, Queen of Scots. Mary Led through the Streets of Edinburgh after the Battle of Carberry Hill
  • date created:
    About 1790
  • materials:
    Pen, grey ink and brown wash over traces of grey and black chalk in a grey ink ruled border on paper
  • measurements:
    15.80 x 20.90 cm
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    Purchased 1951
  • accession number:
    D 4592
  • gallery:
    View by Appointment
  • depicted:
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David Allan

David Allan