The Lost Prince: New Scholarship on Henry, Prince of Wales (1594 – 1612)
2 November 2012, 10:00-18:00
Tickets: £30/£25 Book online or call 020 7306 0055
Henry, Prince of Wales, the eldest son of James VI of Scotland and I of England, is today a largely forgotten figure. His death at the age of eighteen made way for his younger brother Prince Charles eventually to become King Charles I.
In his short lifetime the would-be King Henry IX was not only the focus of great political hope for the future, but also the hub of much of the cultural activity at the Jacobean court. At a time when the combined kingdoms of England and Scotland were looking increasingly towards the courts of continental Europe for models of artistic patronage, the court culture that developed around Henry promised to rival those of his great European contemporaries. A precocious patron and collector himself, Prince Henry was also the inspiration for and subject of significant works in a variety of media, both in life and in death.
In the context of the first ever exhibition about Prince Henry, this conference will consider aspects of his patronage, its relationship with the wider cultural context in England and abroad, and the way in which Henry’s own image was shaped and used during his lifetime and posthumously.
The day will finish with a drinks reception and performance of mourning songs for Prince Henry written by Giovanni Coprario, and performed by tenor Matthew Long and lutenist Elizabeth Kenny.
Conference ticket includes entry to the exhibition and drinks reception.
The Hearse of Henry, Prince of Wales
The Lost Prince: The Life and Death of Henry Stuart Exhibition Conference
10.00-10.30 Registration at the Ondaatje Wing Theatre and refreshments
10.30-10.45 Welcome and introduction
Catharine MacLeod, 17th Century Curator, National Portrait Gallery
Chair: Dr Michael Ullyot, Assistant Professor of English, University of Calgary
10.45–11.15 'Worthiest Prince': designs for Henry's imperial masques (and their Caroline afterlives John Peacock, Visiting Fellow, University of Southampton
11.15–11.45 ‘Being the right eye of the Prince of Wales …’: the art patronage and collecting of John Harington (1592-1614) and his family
Karen Hearn, Honorary Professor, University College London
11.45–12.15 William Hole: an engraver and the court of Prince Henry
Rab MacGibbon, Associate Curator, National Portrait Gallery
12.15–12.30 Additional questions
12.30–14.00 Lunch (not included) and opportunity to visit the exhibition
Chair: Professor Malcolm Smuts, Professor of History, University of Massachusetts Boston
14.00–14.30 Richmond revisited: de' Servi, de Caus and Renaissance garden design
Dr Luke Morgan, Senior Lecturer in Theory of Art, Monash University
14.30–15.00 'Elegant and curious antiquities': the cabinet of Henry, Prince of Wales
Professor Tim Wilks, Professor of Cultural History, Southampton Solent University
15.00–15.30 Refreshments in Bookshop Gallery, Level -3
15.30–16.00 Mirror of princes: Henry's cautionary example in elegies and sermons
Dr Michael Ullyot, Assistant Professor of English, University of Calgary
16.00–16.30 Re-presenting the prince: the development of Henry’s posthumous persona in word and image
Catriona Murray, Undergraduate Tutor, University of Edinburgh
16.30–16.45 Additional questions
16.45–17.15 Round table
Chair: Professor Tim Wilks
All participants: Avenues for future scholarship
17.15–18.15 A performance of mourning songs for Prince Henry by Giovanni Coprario, performed by Matthew Long (tenor) and Elizabeth Kenny (lute)
Room 5, Level 2
18.15–20.50 The Gallery is open late tonight so you have the opportunity to re-visit the exhibition or have a drink at the pop-up bar in the Main Hall.