Mary Queen of Scots greeting card
Single greeting card with envelope featuring artwork Mary, Queen of Scots, 1542 - 1587. Reigned 1542 - 1567, unknown artist, from the National Galleries of Scotland Collection
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.