The Execution of Mary, Queen of Scots, 1542 - 15871613
Following her escape from Loch Leven, Mary assembled an army but was defeated at The Battle of Langside. She fled to England in the hope that Queen Elizabeth would help her, but Elizabeth was afraid Mary would cause trouble in England and had her imprisoned.
Mary, however, soon found herself the focus of several Catholic plots to free her and put her on the English throne. Although she did not get involved in these plots, after being held for nearly two decades Mary realised she may never be free again. She eventually replied to a secret letter from Catholic conspirators who planned to kill Elizabeth. Unfortunately, the English secret agents knew about the plot and Mary was charged with treason. A reluctant Elizabeth signed the death warrant and on the 8 February 1587 Mary was beheaded at Fotheringhay.
- Credits Purchased 1934
- Medium Watercolour on paper
- Size 21.90 x 26.40 cm