© Scottish National Portrait Gallery
The Scottish National Portrait Gallery
This portrait on enamel shows Francis II
of France, the first husband of Mary,
Queen of Scots. It belongs to the Scottish National Portrait
Gallery, and although its early provenance is unknown, it is unlikely
to have been in the Hamilton Collection. The artist is also unknown
but was possibly Leonard Limousin I.
In an oval, Francis is seen at about the
age of 14, wearing a court bonnet with a jewelled hat band and a
fashionable coat trimmed with a fur collar.
According to tradition, it was Francis who
gave Mary the famous Lennoxlove casket.
The casket is certainly of the quality to have been owned by the
French royal family, and Mary is known to have received many gifts
of jewellery and other precious items from Francis, his father Henry
II of France and their relatives.