Portrait identified as Arbella Stuart

‘Investigative work by art historians Elizabeth Goldring and Emma Rutherford has led to the discovery of the identity of the sitter of a newly discovered Nicholas Hilliard miniature, shining a spotlight on the incredible, but little-known, story of Lady Arbella Stuart (1575-1615), as well as transforming the picture into a remarkable artefact of Elizabethan spycraft.’

Arbella Stuart was the great-great granddaughter of Henry VII, great-granddaughter of Margaret Tudor (Queen of Scotland), granddaughter of Bess of Hardwick and Margaret Douglas and niece of Mary, Queen of Scots. She also married one of the grandsons of Katherine Grey.

Read more at Art Daily – Arts and spycraft: The new discovery that illustrates the fortune and tragedy of an Elizabethan life

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