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Mary, Queen of Scots being urged by Sir Robert Melville to abdicate (from Oeuvres de Walter Scott: Histoire d'Écosse, series one, volume 26, chapter 29)

Pierre-Léonard Dandeleux (French, Troyes 1783–1850 Troyes)
After Eugène-Louis Lami (French, Paris 1800–1890 Paris)
Sir Walter Scott (British, Edinburgh, Scotland 1771–1832 Abbotsford, Scotland)
Furne, Gosselin, Perrotin (French, Paris)
Mary, Queen of Scots (Linlithgow 1542–1587 Fotheringhay, England)
Published in:
Plate: 8 15/16 × 5 7/8 in. (22.7 × 14.9 cm) Sheet: 11 1/8 × 7 7/8 in. (28.2 × 20 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Susan Dwight Bliss, 1958
Accession Number:
Not on view
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."
Donor: Susan Dwight Bliss
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