Issued in October 1977 for £49.50 ($129.50), this beautiful and unusual 15 inch high doll is based on a famous portrait that hangs in Hardwick Hall. The doll depicts Arabella as a two year old, holding her own “peg” doll, as Arabella did, in the portrait. The daughter of Bess of Hardwick, Arabella was cousin to Elizabeth I
As a descendant of Henry VIII's older sister Margaret, Queen of Scotland (from her second marriage), Arabella was a claimant to the throne. In the reign of James I, she was imprisoned in the Tower of London for her marriage to William Seymour, without the monarch's consent. (Seymour also had a claim to the throne through the Suffolk line). Arabella died in the Tower, and was laid to rest in Westminster Abbey, near her Stuart relations.