Print. Mezzotint with engraving. Image measures 11 1/2" x 7", Sheet measures 18 3/4"x 12 1/2"
First state of this early 18th century mezzotint after an original painting by Frederico Zucchero (c. 1542-1609), an Italian painter and draughtsman. Depicts Mary Stuart, or Mary I of Scotland, who reigned from 1542 to 1567. A three-quarter length portrait, she holds a spray of roses in her left hand, and her right hand rests on the arm of a chair. Possibly published by George Vertue. British Museum 1871,1209.921
While the original painting is attributed to Zucchero, this engraving is actually after a painting owned by Lord Carlton, and is no longer believed to depict Mary, Queen of Scots. The woman in the Carlton painting, however, has not yet been identified. The Met 58.549.34
From the estate of Robert W. Weir (1803-1889), American artist of the Hudson River School.