Henry, Prince of Wales

1 portrait on display at Montacute House

Henry, Prince of Wales, by Marcus Gheeraerts the Younger, circa 1603 - NPG 2562 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Henry, Prince of Wales

by Marcus Gheeraerts the Younger
oil on canvas, circa 1603
63 3/4 in. x 46 in. (1619 mm x 1168 mm)
Bequeathed by Harold Lee-Dillon, 17th Viscount Dillon, 1933
Primary Collection
NPG 2562


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Henry is shown wearing the robes and collar of a Knight of the Order of the Garter, an honour he acquired in 1603. The rush matting on which he stands is of the same type as that used in the Long Gallery at Montacute House today.

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  • MacLeod, Catharine (preface, appreciation) Wilks, Timothy (introduction) Smuts, Malcolm (appreciation) MacGibbon, Rab (appendix), The Lost Prince: The Life and Death of Henry Stuart, 2012 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 18 October 2012 to 13 January 2013), p. 56
  • MacLeod, Catherine, Tudor and Jacobean Portraits in the National Portrait Gallery Collection at Montacute House, 1999, p. 30
  • Piper, David, Catalogue of Seventeenth Century Portraits in the National Portrait Gallery, 1625-1714, 1963, p. 59
  • Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 297

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Current affairs

Death of Queen Elizabeth I at Richmond. She names King James VI of Scotland as her successor in her final moments. The Stuart dynasty begins with his accession as King James I of England. Sir Walter Ralegh is implicated in a plot to prevent King James I's succession. He is found guilty of High Treason and imprisoned.

Art and science

William Shakespeare writes Troilus and Cressida, Measure for Measure and Othello at about his time. The poet and lexicographer John Florio publishes his English translation of the French writer Michel de Montaigne's Essais. Thomas Howard, Earl of Suffolk begins construction of Audley End, Essex. Completed in 1616, it is the largest private residence in England.

International

Tokugawa Ieyasu confirms his rule of Japan by receiving the title of shogun from the emperor. The Tokugawa shogunate will rule Japan until 1867. In Ireland, Charles Blount, Lord Deputy of Ireland, defeats the Irish ending the Nine Years' War with Ireland. Blount signs the Treaty of Mellifont with Hugh O'Neill, Earl of Tyrone, leader of the Irish resistance, obtaining Tyrone's acceptance of the English monarchy's authority.

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