• Old Masters & 19th Century Art auction at Christies

    Sale 5859

    Old Masters & 19th Century Art

    28 October 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 2

    After Nicholas Hilliard, c.1700

    Portrait of Mary I, Queen of Scots (1542-1587), half-length, in a white dress, ruff and lace cap, with an ermine cloak, a bible in her left hand, in a feigned oval

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    After Nicholas Hilliard, c.1700
    Portrait of Mary I, Queen of Scots (1542-1587), half-length, in a white dress, ruff and lace cap, with an ermine cloak, a bible in her left hand, in a feigned oval
    inscribed 'VIRTUTIS AMORE' (upper centre)
    oil on canvas
    30¾ x 25 in. (78.2 x 63.5 cm.)


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    After the miniature by Nicholas Hilliard in the collection of the Duke of Portland, Wellbeck Abbey, Nottinghamshire (see R.W. Goulding, The Wellbeck Abbey Miniatures, Oxford, 1916, plate I, note 8). The inscription 'VIRTUTIS AMORE, has been interpreted as an anagram for 'Marie Stouart'.

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    Provenance

    Miss Wilbraham by 1907;
    and by descent to Roger Wilbraham by 1957.


    Literature

    Burlington Magazine, Notes on Various Works of Art, Vol. XII, December 1907, pp. 163-164.