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ca. 1570 (made)
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Place Of Origin

This panel of linen canvas is embroidered in silks in cross stitch, bordered with fragments of gold tissue and mounted on a silk velvet ground. It has the monogram MR for Maria Regina. Mary Queen of Scots embroidered it with a number of others during her time of imprisonment in England. Needlework provided her with a practical occupation and it was also an outlet for her to express the frustation of her situation, her choice of subject matter including many mottoes and emblems representing courage in adversity. She also depicted various subjects from natural history and in this case has copied an illustration from the 1560 edition of Conrad Gesner's Icones Animalium. The dark silk with which the ape was embroidered has partially decayed, exposing the drawing out of the design on the canvas ground.


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Materials and Techniques
Linen canvas embroidered with silks in cross stich, edged with fragments of gold tissue, mounted on silk velvet
Brief Description
Textile panel of embroidered linen canvas with silks, made by Mary Queen of Scots, England, ca. 1570
Physical Description
Textile panel of embroidered linen canvas with silks in cross stitch. With a monkey or ape. Bordered with fragments of gold tissue and mounted on a silk velvet ground.
Dimensions
  • Height: 30cm
  • Width: 30cm
Marks and Inscriptions
  • AN EAPE (Embroidered)
  • 'MR' [monogram] (Embroidered, for Maria Regina)
Credit line
Presented by Art Fund
Object history
Mary embroidered this panel with a number of others during her time of imprisonment in England. Needlework provided her with a practical occupation and it was also an outlet for her to express the frustation of her situation, her choice of subject matter including many mottoes and emblems representing courage in adversity. She also depicted various subjects from natural history and in this case has copied an illustration from the 1560 edition of Conrad Gesner's Icones Animalium. The dark silk with which the ape was embroidered has partially decayed, exposing the drawing out of the design on the canvas ground.
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Summary
This panel of linen canvas is embroidered in silks in cross stitch, bordered with fragments of gold tissue and mounted on a silk velvet ground. It has the monogram MR for Maria Regina. Mary Queen of Scots embroidered it with a number of others during her time of imprisonment in England. Needlework provided her with a practical occupation and it was also an outlet for her to express the frustation of her situation, her choice of subject matter including many mottoes and emblems representing courage in adversity. She also depicted various subjects from natural history and in this case has copied an illustration from the 1560 edition of Conrad Gesner's Icones Animalium. The dark silk with which the ape was embroidered has partially decayed, exposing the drawing out of the design on the canvas ground.
Bibliographic References
  • Swain, Needlework of Mary
  • Doran, Susan (ed.), Elizabeth: The Exhibition at the National Maritime Museum, London: Chatto & Windus, 2003
Collection
Accession Number
T.33J-1955

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record createdDecember 15, 1999
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