Maria Stuart. D.G. Scotiae & Franciae Regina.
Mezzotint, rare. Plate 350 x 260mm. 13¾ x 10¼". Trimmed close to plate. Few stains.
Mary, Queen of Scots (1542-1587). She spent most of her childhood in France where she was raised as a Roman Catholic. In 1558 she married Francis II, but following his death she returned to Scotland where she ruled for seven turbulent years. Her brief marriage to Lord Darnley produced her only child, later James I of England and VI of Scotland, but ended in Darnley's murder in 1587. She later married the Earl of Bothwell who was implicated in Darnley's death. She was finally forced to abdicate in favour of her son and fled to England to her cousin Elizabeth I. Elizabeth, saw Mary as a threat as the rightful heir to the throne, focused the Catholic Rebellion on Mary, who was eventually declared guilty of treason and executed in 1587.
See CS: 98 [this state undescribed]. See Ref: 12816 for state with publication line. See NPG: D25081.
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