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Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2014

Princess Mary, later Queen (1516-1558)


Creator: Hans Holbein the Younger (1497/8-1543) (artist)
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Materials and techniques: 
Black and coloured chalks, and pen and ink on pale pink prepared paper
38.6 x 29.1 cm
RL 12220
P(H) 41
Acquirer: Edward VI, King of England (1537-53)
Edward VI, 1547; Henry FitzAlan, 12th Earl of Arundel; by whom bequeathed to John, Lord Lumley, 1580; by whom probably bequeathed to Henry, Prince of Wales, 1609, and thus inherited by Prince Charles (later Charles I), 1612; by whom exchanged with Philip Herbert, 4th Earl of Pembroke, 1627/8; by whom given to Thomas Howard, 2nd Earl of Arundel; acquired by Charles II by 1675

A portrait drawing of Princess Mary (1516-1558), later Queen Mary I, daughter of Henry VIII and Katherine of Aragon. A bust length portrait facing three-quarters to the left. She wears a pearl necklace and pendant. Inscribed in an eighteenth-century hand at upper left: The Lady Mary after Queen.

Mary Tudor was marginalised after her parents' divorce. Although unpopular with Anne Boleyn, she was welcomed back to court by Jane Seymour and became particularly close to her father's last wife, Katherine Parr. On Henry's death, she supported the accession of her brother, but became a vocal opponent of Edward VI's advisers when they instituted religious reform. Mary inherited the throne in 1553 after overthrowing her rival, Lady Jane Grey.

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Additional Acquirers: Prince Henry Frederick, Prince of Wales, 1st son of James I, King of Great Britain (1594-1612)
Charles II, King of Great Britain (1630-85)
Unframed Drawings / Watercolours