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Embroidered picture - Mary Queen of Scots mourning over the dying Douglas at the Battle of Langside
  • Mary Queen of Scots mourning over the dying Douglas at the Battle of Langside
    Brumlen, Jane
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Mary Queen of Scots mourning over the dying Douglas at the Battle of Langside

  • Object:

    Embroidered picture

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1870 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Brumlen, Jane (embroiderer)
    Landseer, Charles, born 1799 - died 1879 (painter (artist))

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Coloured wools in cross-stitch

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs Christine Jordan

  • Museum number:

    T.8-1927

  • Gallery location:

    British Galleries, Room 122d, case 2

This is an embroidered version of Charles Landseer's painting 'Mary, Queen of Scots mourning over the dying Douglas at the Battle of Langside'. The defeat of Mary's army at Langside in 1568 led to her flight to England and subsequent imprisonment by Elizabeth.

Charles Landseer (1799-1879), the painter of the original picture, was celebrated for paintings of historical and heroic scenes. This painting was particularly popular and was exhibited in 1837 and 1862.

A firm favourite with embroiderers, four versions of this scene were exhibited at the Great Exhibition of 1851. It continued to be copied throughout the 19th century.

A second embroidered version (T.298-1963) is owned by the Museum.This picture is an example of ' Berlin woolwork'. These were first introduced from Germany in the early 19th century. Using brightly coloured merino wools, the embroiderer would follow the ready marked pattern using one stitch for each square of canvas. This technique soon superseded all other forms of needlework and by the 1870s needlework shops were known as 'Berlin Warehouses'.

Physical description

Wool embroidered picture showing Mary Queen of Scots mourning over the dying Douglas at the Battle of Langside

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)

Date

ca. 1870 (made)

Artist/maker

Brumlen, Jane (embroiderer)
Landseer, Charles, born 1799 - died 1879 (painter (artist))

Materials and Techniques

Coloured wools in cross-stitch

Dimensions

Height: 110 cm, Width: 154.3 cm

Object history note

Embroidered by Mrs Jane Brumlen from a commercial kit

Descriptive line

Picture embroidered by Jane Brumlen depicting the painting 'Mary Queen of Scots Mourning over the Dying Douglas at the Battle of Langside' by Charles Landseer, ca. 1870

Labels and date

British Galleries:
The painting of 'Mary Queen of Scots Mourning over the Dying Douglas at the Battle of Langside' by Charles Lansdeer (1799-1879) was a popular subject for amateur embroiderers, who favoured scenes of heroism and adventure. This embroidery is stitched from a ready-made kit on a canvas already marked with the image. [27/03/2003]

Materials

Wool yarn; Canvas

Techniques

Embroidery

Subjects depicted

Figures; Trees; Horse

Categories

Textiles; British Galleries; Great Exhibition; Embroidery; Scotland

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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