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Bernard Lens III, 1682–1740
after Livinus de Vogelaare, active 1551

The Memorial of Lord Darnley

Materials & Techniques:
Gouache on vellum wrapped around panel
Sheet: 11 1/4 × 18 1/4 inches (28.6 × 46.4 cm)

Lettering in top left inside frame reads:" Hericvs Ei Nois Famaine| Comte Bothwello svbs | Atrolissie..............Carolvs Stuart" Lettering in banner above figure in center: "EXVRGE DNE ET VINDI PATRIS MEOS TVA | CA SANGVINEM INNOCENTE REGISDEXTERA DEFENDAS ROGO" Lettering in center, right banner: " EXANDI DNE CLAMORE NRM ET VIDICA SAGUINE INOCETE REGI'CHAR FILII NRIDA REGIFILIOSVO PIA FORTVNA VITA LOGAPCAM" Lettering in center rightmost banner: "VIDICA DNE SAGVINE INOCETE REGIS FRIS MEI: MEQVIDICTAE TVAE ISTRVMETVFACIAS ORO"

Signed in monogram, lower left; dated on verso: "Sep: 21: 1728"

Inscribed on verso: "Bernard Lens Fecit after ye original in ye cabbinet of the Rt. Honble the Earl of Pomfret | Sep: 21: 1728."

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Gift of Ann and Kenneth Rapoport
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Drawings & Watercolors
Prints and Drawings
Subject Terms:
Battle of Carburry Hill, June 15, 1567 | burial | church | funerals | historical subject | painting (visual work) | prayer | religious and mythological subject
Associated People:
James VI and I (1566–1625), king of Scotland, England, and Ireland
Mary [Mary Stewart] (1542–1587), queen of Scots
Jesus Christ (7–2 BC/BCE to 30–36 AD/CE)
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The collector Edward Harley, 2nd earl of Oxford, commissioned Len's copy of the sixteenth-century Memorial of Lord Darnley. The original painting, then in the collection of the 1st Earl of Pomfret, is now in the Royal Collection and hangs in Holyrood-house in Edinburgh. A piece of anti-Mary Queen of Scots propaganda, it shows the young James VI kneeling before the tomb of his father Lord Darnley, in whose murder James's mother Mary was implicated. Behind James are members of his father's family, and an inset picture at the lower left shows Mary's defeat at the Battle of Carberry Hill.

Scott Wilcox

Wilcox, Forrester, O'Neil, Sloan. The Line of Beauty: British Drawings and Watercolors of the Eighteenth Century. Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, 2001. pg. 38 cat. no. 27

The Line of Beauty : British Drawings and Watercolors of the Eighteenth Century (Yale Center for British Art, 2001-05-19 - 2001-08-05) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition] [Exhibition Description]

Sotheby's sale catalogue : Eighteenth and nineteenth century British drawings and watercolours : 19 November 1987, Sotheby's, London, 1987, pp. 39-40, lot 42, Auction Catalogues (YCBA)

George Vertue, Description of four ancient paintings being historical portraitures of royal branches of the crown of England, London, 1740, p. 13, Eighteenth Century Collections Online [ORBIS]

Scott Wilcox, Line of beauty : British drawings and watercolors of the eighteenth century, , Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 2001, pp. 38-39, no. 27, NC228 W53 2001 (YCBA) [YCBA]

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