Portrait Gallery

This portrait of Mary is in the collection of Apsley House in London. It is said to be a 17th Century copy of a portrait by Antonio Moro. It is interesting in that it is trying to be a portrait done in the Spanish style. She holds a handkerchief in one hand reminiscent of portraits of Isabella of Spain and Elizabeth of Valois. The dress is a Spanish or even Italian style modified to include Mary's familiar collar. More research needs to be done on this portrait.




detail of the Apsley portrait







(Left) This portrait by Hans Eworth was started in November 1554 to commemorate Mary's accession. She is wearing the jewels that Philip gave her. The pose is taken from such Holbein portraits as Anne of Cleves and Christina of Denmark as well as the 1544 portrait of Mary by Master John. The face 'mask' was used for other variations by Eworth. (Right) Mary from the portraits of 16th Century notables in the Prince's Chamber in the House of Lords. The portraits were executed by Richard Burchett and pupils between 1854-1860.


This portrait by Hans Eworth shows an older Mary c. 1555-8. The paper in her hand is inscribed "The Supplication of Thomas Hongad" (Thought to refer to a courtier Thomas Hungate). The face and pose were used for similar portraits (far left) with detail changes.















Here we have a recently revealed portrait of Henry VIII, Will Somers the jester, Prince Edward and Princesses Mary and Elizabeth from the collection of the Duke of Buccleuch at Boughton House. Recent articles say it is a 17th century copy of one from the 1550's. Although stated as 'never been seen before' it was reproduced in engravings as the one above by F. Bartolozzi printed in The Private Life of Henry VIII, N. Morrison (1964). Similar to the portrait of Henry VIII, Will Somers and Mary Tudor, these may have been created to confirm the legitimate descent of Mary/ Elizabeth as heirs of Henry VIII. The interesting thing is the costume of Elizabeth and its similarity to the National Portrait Gallery unknown lady, thought to be Lady Jane Grey. It is consistent to costumes worn by Elizabeth in the 1550's and 1560's. (Portrait above in b/w of Elizabeth c. 1555). (Portrait of Henry and Mary courtesy of the Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation, Houston. Thanks also to Sandra)

The Ashmolean Museum in Oxford has confirmed that this seated portrait of Mary is from the 19th century and not contemporary. (Thanks Sandra for the update)



Reconstruction of the Holbein Sketch. Click for more.





This portrait has been known as Queen Mary, when princess by Hans Eworth. Although the colouring and nose are correct the shape of the face is wrong.


Detail of Eworth portrait.




Mary from a cartoon and stained glass design by Dirk Crabeth 1557. She kneels along with Philip at the Shrine of St. John.











These two illuminations are from Mary's prayer book. The first shows Mary praying for blessing of rings which cure cramps.

The second has Mary performing the Royal laying of hands which was the traditional method of curing the disease scrofula or the King's Evil.















Mary enthroned in the letter M is from an Exchequer document. She is shown wearing the red Parliamentary robes and wearing the crown.

In this portrait of Elizabeth at her coronation she is wearing the robes that Mary wore at her own coronation.











Two variations of the Antonio Moro Prado Portrait. The first a 1893 print. The second from the Royal Collection. (Thanks Sandra)


detail of Philip and Mary

"A zealous daughter in her kind what else the world doth know"

c.1572 The Family of Henry VIII: The Allegory of the Tudor Succession attributed to Lucas De Heere (on loan to Sudley Castle).

British School Prior to 1590

Made for John, Lord Lumley. Part of a series of busts that include Henry VIII, Edward VI and Elizabeth I.

Statue of Mary from the House of Lords, 19th century.














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