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Mary's Execution - Witnessed by the Masses

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Mary, Queen of Scots was executed in a public forum.  This watercolor-on-paper, created by an unknown artist (c. 1613), depicts how her execution scene may have appeared.

We learn more about this work from the National Galleries of Scotland:

This watercolor was made for a Dutch magistrate who compiled an album of historical prints and drawings in 1613.  Not surprisingly, the costume and architecture look very Dutch, but the picture does reflect eye witness accounts of the event. 

Mary's clothes were burnt to prevent supporters keeping them as relics, and this scene is shown on the far left.

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Image online, courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

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