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Houbraken, Jacob (after Isaac Oliver)
Mary Queen of Scots
1738

As Queen Elizabeth I’s immediate heir to the throne, Mary Queen of Scots (1542–1587) became the focus of Roman Catholic rebellion and was a continual threat to the future of Protestant England. Her attire reveals her religious ties, and is perhaps indicative of the type of clothing worn by women in Jacobus Houbraken’s native country. During his lifetime, Houbraken engraved approximately 400 portraits after paintings by both Dutch and English artists.

 
Houbraken, Jacob (after Isaac Oliver)
Dordrecht, Netherlands 1698–Amsterdam, Netherlands 1780
Mary Queen of Scots
1738
Engraving on paper
height / width: 52.90 x 35.70 cm; 20.83 x 14.06 in.
Bequest of Adam Shortt 1969
12-047.067

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