Daughter of James V of Scotland, Mary became Queen of Scotland on her father's death in 1542. Educated in France, she married Francis II and after his death Henry Stewart, Earl of Darnley in 1565. She was imprisoned and executed by Elizabeth I in 1587.
The portrait is a posthumous one based on a portrait miniature of 1578 by Nicholas Hilliard, painted during Mary's captivity.
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The Queen's College, University of Oxford
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gift from Dr George Clarke as part of the set of six queens, 1736