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Panel

Panel

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1570 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Mary Queen of Scots, born 1542 - died 1587 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Linen canvas embroidered with silks in cross stich, edged with fragments of gold tissue, mounted on silk velvet

  • Credit Line:

    Presented by Art Fund

  • Museum number:

    T.33J-1955

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

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.

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.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

ca. 1570 (made)

Artist/maker

Mary Queen of Scots, born 1542 - died 1587 (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Linen canvas embroidered with silks in cross stich, edged with fragments of gold tissue, mounted on silk velvet

Marks and inscriptions

AN EAPE
Embroidered

'MR' [monogram]
Embroidered, for Maria Regina

Dimensions

Height: 30 cm, Width: 30 cm

Object history note

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.

Descriptive line

Textile panel of embroidered linen canvas with silks, made by Mary Queen of Scots, England, ca. 1570

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Swain, Needlework of Mary
Doran, Susan (ed.), Elizabeth: The Exhibition at the National Maritime Museum, London: Chatto & Windus, 2003

Materials

Velvet; Linen; Silk; Tissue paper

Techniques

Embroidery

Subjects depicted

Monkey (animal)

Categories

Textiles; Embroidery; Royalty; Scotland

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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