The Assassination Attempt attributed to the circle of artists of Charles Landseer, British, 1799-1879. No. artist named. No information. Help solve the mystery.
Thoughts from shadesandshadows: This is a scene in which the Catholic church protects the future king who may have been James VI of Scotland and later James I of England. The adult wears a small crown, meaning he is not a king, but ruling in his stead as regent and he looks like he has been wounded protecting his royal charge.
The boy, a son of Mary, Queen of Scots, and Henry Stuart, Lord Darnley, became king in waiting at age 12 when his mother abdicated the Scottish throne. At age 17, he was governing king of Scotland. The regent, if that is who he is, wears gold cloth which looks to have a thistle leaf design. The thistle is the emblem of Scotland. The same design is worn by the young man so they may be father and son as the cloak encompasses both of them.
An assassination attempt, either real or imagined, would make sense since factions in England and Queen Elizabeth I would not have wanted a Catholic king on the throne of Protestant England.
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