The Last Letter of Mary, Queen of Scots by Mary Queen of Scots

The last letter of Mary, Queen of Scots, addressed to her brother-in-law, Henry III, King of France, on the eve of her execution at Fotheringay Castle in Northamptonshire, 8th February 1587.


Details

Medium:
Pen & ink on paper
Dimensions:
Each: 31 x 20 cm
Acquired in:
1918

The letter is perfectly preserved and is one of the few works of purely historical interest to be acquired through the Art Fund (arousing considerable debate at the time). Written in French, it announces Mary's sentence of death and implies she saw herself as a religious martyr.

Provenance

Collection of Morrison

Venue details

National Library of Scotland George IV Bridge, EDINBURGH Edinburgh EH1 1EW 0131 623 3700 www.nls.uk

Entry details

Free to all

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