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Mary, Queen of Scots, 1542 - 1587. Reigned 1542 - 1567 About 1610 - 1615


  • Scottish Art
This image of Mary Queen of Scots dates from more than twenty years after her execution in 1587. The artist has based Mary's features on a miniature painted during her imprisonment in England. This type of portrait is associated with the efforts of Mary's son, James VI and I, to rehabilitate his mother's reputation. She wears a crucifix and a rosary hangs from her belt, decorated with a scene showing Susanna and the Elders. This Old Testament story tells how Susanna was condemned to death on false accusations but was found innocent and saved.

Glossary Open


A painting or drawing, usually a portrait, on a very small scale. These were popular prior to the invention of photographic portraits in the 19th century.



  • Acc. No. PG 1073
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 79.38 x 37.75 in.; 201.50 x 95.70 cm
  • Credit Purchased 1925