Portraits of a Queen: Mary I of England

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Mary Tudor was the daughter of Henry VIII and his wife Katherine of Aragon. She was born in 1516 and was their only surviving child. After many years of trying for more Katherine recognized that she was unable to have more children. This was about the time when Henry grew restless and brought Anne Boleyn into the life of his daughter and devoted wife. Mary’s life would never be the same.

She went from being her father’s “Pearl of the Realm” and his Princess Mary, to being declared illegitimate and losing the love and affection from her father. Her life was indeed sad and unfortunately it was that way until the very end.

These portraits are in no particular order.

Provenance: By descent through the family of the Earl Carlisle, M.C., Naworth Castle, Cumbria

 

Mary_Tudor_by_Horenbout
attributed to Lucas Horenbout (or Hornebolte) watercolour on vellum, circa 1525 NPG 6453

 

Flemish School; Mary Tudor (1516-1558); Museums Sheffield; http://www.artuk.org/artworks/mary-tudor-15161558-72442
Flemish School; Mary Tudor (1516-1558); Museums Sheffield; http://www.artuk.org/artworks/mary-tudor-15161558-72442

 

Charlecote Park National Trust

 

British School; Princess Mary Tudor; The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology; http://www.artuk.org/artworks/princess-mary-tudor-141535
British School; Princess Mary Tudor; The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology; http://www.artuk.org/artworks/princess-mary-tudor-141535

 

British (English) School; Mary I (1516-1558) (Mary Tudor); National Trust, Knole; http://www.artuk.org/artworks/mary-i-15161558-mary-tudor-218900
British (English) School; Mary I (1516-1558) (Mary Tudor); National Trust, Knole; http://www.artuk.org/artworks/mary-i-15161558-mary-tudor-218900

 

Blickling Hall
Blickling Hall

 

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by Master John oil on panel, 1544 On display in Room 2 at the National Portrait Gallery NPG 428

 

by Hans Eworth, oil on panel, 1554
by Hans Eworth oil on panel, 1554 NPG 4861

 

after Anthonis Mor (Antonio Moro) oil on panel, 1555 NPG 4174
after Anthonis Mor (Antonio Moro)
oil on panel, 1555
NPG 4174

 

Mor, Antonis; Queen Mary I (1516-1558); Colchester and Ipswich Museums Service; http://www.artuk.org/artworks/queen-mary-i-15161558-11425
Mor, Antonis; Queen Mary I (1516-1558); Colchester and Ipswich Museums Service; http://www.artuk.org/artworks/queen-mary-i-15161558-11425
after Unknown artist plaster cast of a medal, (16th century) NPG D36118
after Unknown artist
plaster cast of a medal, (16th century)
NPG D36118
after Jacopo da Trezzo, gilt electrotype of medal, (circa 1555)
after Jacopo da Trezzo gilt electrotype of medal, (circa 1555) NPG 446(1)

 

British (English) School; Mary I (1516-1558); Corpus Christi College, University of Cambridge; http://www.artuk.org/artworks/mary-i-15161558-193615
British (English) School; Mary I (1516-1558); Corpus Christi College, University of Cambridge; http://www.artuk.org/artworks/mary-i-15161558-193615

 

Hans Eworth (circa 15201574?) – Dickinson Gallery, London and New York

 

after Unknown artist line engraving, 1554 or after NPG D17821
after Unknown artist line engraving, 1554 or after NPG D17821
antonis-mor-van-dashorst-portrait-of-queen-mary-i-(1516-1558)
antonis-mor-van-dashorst-portrait-of-queen-mary-i-(1516-1558)
by Franz Huys, after Unknown artist, line engraving, circa 1555
Portrait of Mary I of England, signed "HF 1554" (originally "HE"), Society of Antiquaries of London LDSAL 336, oil on oak panel, 1040 x 785mm (41 x 31 inches)
Portrait of Mary I of England, signed “HF 1554” (originally “HE”), Society of Antiquaries of London LDSAL 336, oil on oak panel, 1040 x 785mm (41 x 31 inches)
by Francis Delaram, published by Compton Holland, engraving, circa 1600-1627
by Francis Delaram, published by Compton Holland, engraving, circa 1600-1627

 

after Hans Holbein the Younger line engraving, circa 1700 NPG D17826
after Hans Holbein the Youngerline engraving, circa 1700NPG D17826

 

Antonis Mor – Museo del Prado Catalog no. P02108 [2]
Antonis Mor (15121516c.1576) (after) Trinity College, University of Cambridge

 

British (English) School; Imaginary Portrait of Mary I (1516-1558) (Mary Tudor); National Trust, Blickling Hall; http://www.artuk.org/artworks/imaginary-portrait-of-mary-i-15161558-mary-tudor-171181
British (English) School; Imaginary Portrait of Mary I (1516-1558) (Mary Tudor); National Trust, Blickling Hall; http://www.artuk.org/artworks/imaginary-portrait-of-mary-i-15161558-mary-tudor-171181

 

after Unknown artist mezzotint, 18th century NPG D17823
after Unknown artist mezzotint, 18th century NPG D17823

 

by Unknown artist oil on panel, 1597-1618 On display in Room 1 at the National Portrait Gallery NPG 4980(16)

 

by Bart Vazquez, after Anthonis Mor (Antonio Moro) stipple engraving, 1793 NPG D20392
by Bart Vazquez, after Anthonis Mor (Antonio Moro)stipple engraving, 1793NPG D20392

 

by Francesco Bartolozzi, after Hans Holbein the Younger stipple engraving, published 1796 NPG D24878
by Francesco Bartolozzi, after Hans Holbein the Youngerstipple engraving, published 1796
NPG D24878

 

by mile Desmaisons, printed by Franois Le Villain, published by Edward Bull, published by Edward Churton, after Unknown artist;hand-coloured lithograph, 1834;NPG D34627

 

Anglesey Abbey National Trust

 

Nostell Priory National Trust
Gerlach Flicke - 1555 - Miniature of Queen Mary I (Durham College)
Gerlach Flicke – 1555 – Miniature of Queen Mary I (Durham College)

 

Mor, Antonis; Mary I (1516-1558); National Trust, Petworth House; http://www.artuk.org/artworks/mary-i-15161558-219592
Mor, Antonis; Mary I (1516-1558); National Trust, Petworth House; http://www.artuk.org/artworks/mary-i-15161558-219592
Mor, Antonis; Queen Mary I of England (1516-1558); Paintings Collection; http://www.artuk.org/artworks/queen-mary-i-of-england-15161558-31289
Mor, Antonis; Queen Mary I of England (1516-1558); Paintings Collection; http://www.artuk.org/artworks/queen-mary-i-of-england-15161558-31289
Mary's Funeral Effigy
Mary’s Funeral Effigy

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4 thoughts on “Portraits of a Queen: Mary I of England

  1. Poor thing, no looks at all. Only in her younger portraits she looks ok. The dresses are beautiful, though.

  2. I can only imagine how uncomfortable the ladies of the day must have been, wearing tons of heavy fabric from head to toe, layer after layer. On all but the coldest of days, it must have been ghastly, as well as smelly. No wonder Mary (et.al) all wear frowns.

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