Bernard Lens, portrait of a Woman

Bernard Lens, portrait of a Woman

Bernard Lens (1682-1740)
Portrait of a woman, said to be Mary Queen of Scots
About 1720
Watercolour on ivory
Signed lower right, 'BL' in monogram and inscribed in Latin over the sitter's head 'Mary Queen of Scots'
Museum no. P.62-1987

This is a copy of a miniature thought to be of Mary Queen of Scots. The portrait was hugely popular. It was reproduced endlessly in print and Lens made numerous copies.