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

The Memorial of Lord Darnley

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

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

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"

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:
burial | church | funerals | historical subject | painting (visual work) | prayer
Associated People:
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.

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