Embroidered panel, worked by Mary Queen of Scots

Embroidered panel, worked by Mary Queen of Scots

Embroidered panel
Worked by Mary Queen of Scots
England
About 1570
Museum no. T.33P-1955

Mary Queen of Scots embroidered this panel with a number of others during her time of imprisonment in England. Needlework provided her with a practical occupation and it was also an outlet for her to express the frustation of her situation, her choice of subject matter including many mottoes and emblems representing courage in adversity. She also depicted various subjects from natural history and sometimes copied illustrations from the 1560 edition of Conrad Gesner's Icones Animalium.