Sunday, February 08, 2009

Mary Queen of Scots

Mary, Queen of ScotsThe National Portrait Gallery portrait is inscribed Maria D. G. SCOTLE PIISSIMA REGINA FRANCIS DOTARIA ANNO ^ETATIS REGNIQ 36 ANGLIC^E CAPTIVIT IO S H 1578,
The National Portrait Gallery portrait by P.Oudry is painted on four stout oak panels, one of which bears the brand of Charles I., the C.R. with the arched crown. It cannot be identified with certainty in the catalogue of Charles I.'s collection, compiled by Van der Doort in 1637, but may have been acquired by the King between that date and the commencement of the Civil War.

It reappeared in the possession of the well-known family of Brocas at Beaurepaire, in Hampshire, whence it was purchased by the Trustees of the National Portrait Gallery in June 1876. Unfortunately it has suffered terribly from the hands of one or more unskilful or ignorant restorers.

Notes on the Authentic Portraits of Mary, Queen of Scots: Based on the Researches of the Late Sir George Scharf By Lionel Cust, George Scharf. Published by J. Murray, 1903 Original from Oxford University. Digitized May 2, 2008. 157 pages

This image file is in the public domain because its copyright has expired. This applies to the United States, where Works published prior to 1978 were copyright protected for a maximum of 75 years. See Circular 1 "COPYRIGHT BASICS" from the U.S. Copyright Office. Works published before 1923 are now in the public domain.

This image file is also in the public domain in countries that figure copyright from the date of death of the artist (post mortem auctoris) in this case P. Oudry (floruit 1578) , and that most commonly runs for a period of 50 to 70 years from December 31 of that date.

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