This scene, showing an armored man thrusting a sheet of paper at the seated queen, likely represents Sir Robert Melville urging Mary, then imprisoned at Lochleven Castle, to resign the crown of Scotland in favor of her infant son. During their meeting on July 24, 1567, Melville dramatically drew from his scabbard a letter from the English ambassador, which contained a message from Elizabeth supporting his case.
Inscription: in plate, below image at left: "E. Lami pinx."; below image at right: "Dandeleux sc."; below image at center: "HISTOIRE D'ÉCOSSE/ 1ere Série CH. XXIX."; lower center: "Publié par Furne, à Paris."
Artist: Honoré Daumier (French, Marseilles 1808–1879 Valmondois)Date: ca. 1860–65Medium: Pen and ink, wash, watercolor, lithographic crayon, and gouache over black chalk on wove paperAccession: 29.100.200On view in:Not on view