Mary1 by Eworth



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Queen Mary I


Painting of Mary I, Queen of England and Ireland. She is wearing a pendant with a large pearl, a gift from king Philip II of Spain on the occasion of their marriage in 1554. The pearl is named 'La Peregrina' (the Wanderer) and was last owned by Elizabeth Taylor. When Taylor and her husband Richard Burton learned the National Portrait Gallery did not posess a portrait of Mary I yet, they assisted in the purchase of this painting.




oil on panel


21.6 × 16.9 cm (8.5 × 6.7 in)

Room 3

Accession number

NPG 4861

Object history

1554(1554): commissioned by queen Mary I of England
before 1928(1928): Lord Chesham, Latimer
1928(1928): obtained by Mrs. Cooper Hewitt, New York City from Lord Chesham, Latimer
between 1928(1928) and 1972(1972): Frederick R. Bay, New York City
between 1928(1928) and 1972(1972): Colonel C.M. Paul, New York City
8 December 1972(1972-12-08): purchased by National Portrait Gallery, London, at the sale of the collection of Colonel C.M. Paul, New York City, at Sotheby's, London

Credit line

Purchased with help from The Art Fund, the Pilgrim Trust, H.M. Government, Miss Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, 1972.


monogram top left: HE [Hans Eworth]


National Portrait Gallery, London: NPG 4861

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Scanned from: Tranya Cooper, A Guide to Tudor & Jacobean Portraits, London, National Portrait Gallery, 2008, ISBN 9781855143937
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