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Mary, Queen of Scots Bidding Farewell to France, 1561

Photo credit: National Trust Images

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The 20-year old Mary Queen of Scots is seen standing on the stern of a ship, holding a white handkerchief in her hand and mournfully resting her head on her other hand. She is saying goodbye to France, which she would have done in 1561 having been widowed in 1560 on the death of Francis II of France.

Mary Queen of Scots was a favourite subject of the artist who painted her in an historical scene in 1844 and in an earlier version of this painting.

National Trust, Newton House, Dinefwr Park and Castle





oil on canvas


H 33 x W 55 cm

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bequeathed by I. O. Chance

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National Trust, Newton House, Dinefwr Park and Castle

Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire (Sir Gaerfyrddin) SA19 6RT Wales

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