APW: 'A charming portrait of Arbella Stuart with her many pets. Arbella was Bess, Countess of Shrewsbury's grandchild and ward. Bess hoped that Queen Elizabeth I would name her Stuart/Tudor relation Arbella as her successor.
Arbella Stewart as a toddler. Arbella Stuart (or "Arabella" and/or "Stewart") (1575 - 9/27/1615) was for some time considered a possible successor to Queen Elizabeth I on the English throne. Arbella Stuart was a direct descendant of King Henry VII of England. As the only child of Charles Stuart, Earl of Lennox & Elizabeth Cavendish, she was a grandchild of Matthew Stewart, 4th Earl of Lennox & Margaret Douglas, who was, in turn, the daughter of Margaret Tudor.