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Mary Tudor (1516–1558), as Princess

Photo credit: The Trustees of the British Museum

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Despite the inscription ‘Maria princeps.Ano.Dom.1531’ it has been suggested that the identification of the sitter as Mary I (1516–1558) (Mary Tudor) when a princess may be doubtful, not least on grounds of costume, as this type of ruff was in use much later than that date. It is also unlike contemporary portraits of the Princess. Mary retained the title of ‘Princess’ until she succeeded her brother Edward VI in 1553 at the age of 37.

British Museum





oil on canvas


H 77 x W 64 cm

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gift from Sir Thomas Mantell, 1828

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