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The Execution of Mary, Queen of Scots, 1542 - 1587 About 1613

Not on display

  • Scottish Art
Mary, Queen of Scots, was executed on 8 February 1587 at Fotheringhay Castle, in Northamptonshire. After nineteen years in captivity, she was found guilty of plotting the assassination of her cousin, Queen Elizabeth I. This watercolour was made for a Dutch magistrate who compiled an album of historical prints and drawings in 1613. Not surprisingly, the costume and architecture look very Dutch, but the picture does reflect eye witness accounts of the event. Mary's clothes were burnt to prevent supporters keeping them as relics, and this scene is shown on the far left.

Glossary Open


An image pressed or stamped onto paper or fabric. This encompasses a wide variety of techniques, usually produced in multiples, although one-off prints, known as monoprints, are also included. The term is also applied to photographic images.


A paint with colouring and binding agents diluted with water. It has a transparent quality and is usually applied to paper.

Print, Watercolour


  • Acc. No. PG 1217
  • Medium Watercolour on paper
  • Size 21.90 x 26.40 cm
  • Credit Purchased 1934