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Mary, Queen of Scots arrested by the Earl of Bothwell

Artist:
John Walker (British, active 1776–1802)
Artist:
William Walker (British, Thirsk, North Yorkshire 1729–1793 London)
Artist:
After Mather Brown (American, Boston, Massachusetts 1761–1831 London)
Publisher:
Harrison and Co. (London)
Sitter:
Mary, Queen of Scots (Linlithgow 1542–1587 Fotheringhay, England)
Date:
September 28, 1792
Medium:
Etching
Dimensions:
Plate: 11 7/16 × 7 3/16 in. (29 × 18.2 cm) Sheet: 13 1/4 × 9 1/16 in. (33.6 × 23 cm)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
Gift of Susan Dwight Bliss, 1958
Accession Number:
58.549.219
Not on view
This is a book illustration showing the Queen's abduction by the Earl of Bothwell in 1567, outside Stirling Castle. Anticipating her movements, Bothwell waylaid her with a troop of 800 horsemen and obliged her to accompany him to Dunbar, where they were subsequently married. A later version of this print (with a different frame) was used in The Imperial History of England (Theophilus Camden, 1811).
Mary, Queen of Scots Arrested when going to the Chace

Inscription: in plate, within image, on banner at top: "MAGNA TA"; at lower left of frame: "M. BROWN DEL."; within image, at lower right of frame: "W. & J. WALKER Sc."; within image, on plaque: "MARY QUEEN of SCOTS/ arrested/ when going to the Chace."; below image: "Publish'd as the act directs by Harrison & Co. Sept. 28. 1729."
Susan Dwight Bliss; Donor: Susan Dwight Bliss
Evans (1982), p. 275 (1811 version)
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