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An 18th century portrait miniature of a lady, formerly believed to be Mary Queen of Scots, watercolour on ivory

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Artist: Bernard Lens

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wearing black dress edged with white fur, blue background inscribed Maria * Regina* Scotorum
signed on the obverse with monogram BL, set in the lid of an early 18th century silver-gilt snuff box, with untraced maker's mark NE

This is an example of an image much replicated as a portrait of Mary, Queen of Scots, but in fact more likely to show Mary Bellenden (c. 1690 - 1736), Maid of Honour to Augusta, Princess of Wales, dressed as Mary, Queen of Scots. The misidentification dates back to the discovery by the 4th Duke of Hamilton of a portrait that he had conserved by Peter Crosse (c. 1645 - 1724) ostensibly of the Queen, which was copied many times and became one of the most widely disseminated false images of the Queen of Scots. Bernard Lens (1682 - 1740) made a number of these copies c. 1713 - 20, including an examples in the Royal Collection (420113).
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Year                 Circa 1713-20.
Medium                 watercolour on ivory.
Signed                 signed on the obverse with monogram BL
Condition                 Light dusting of dirt under glas
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