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Mary, Queen of Scots, Being Led to Her Execution

Photo credit: Nottingham City Museums & Galleries

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A historical scene. On the right of the picture is a stone staircase, leading from Mary's room, where she has been held. The bannisters are draped with black material. At the top of the stairs are the Queen's courtiers, all in black. One of her ladies-in-waiting weeps; next to her on the wall is a tapestry. Mary herself is on the bottom step, being guided by the arm by a male courtier dressed in a breastplate and thigh-length leather boots. He carries a sword at his side. The queen looks straight at us, a look of shocked composure on her face. She wears a long black dress, with a red underdress, a long white veil, which is worn at the back, and a stiff lace ruff. Around her neck is a crucifix, and she holds another, with a lace handkerchief, in her right hand.

Nottingham City Museums & Galleries





oil on canvas


H 127 x W 182.9 cm

Accession number

NCM 1898-77

Acquisition method

purchased from Shepherd Bros, 1898

Work type


Normally on display at

Nottingham City Museums & Galleries

Nottingham City Council, Loxley House, Station Street, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire NG2 3NG England

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