Maria Clementina Sobieska(1702-1735), Wife of Prince James Francis Edward Stuart
Sitter in 10 portraits
The pious and beautiful Maria Clementina was granddaughter to King John III of Poland, and goddaughter to Pope Clement XI. When she was sixteen she married James Francis Edward Stuart, the exiled King of Great Britain. They settled in Rome, but the marriage soon degenerated. Clementina realised that her husband would never regain the British throne, and in 1725 she ran away to a convent. Although she returned to Rome, her physical and mental health deteriorated and she spent little time with her husband. She died young, but remained deeply devoted to her two sons, Charles Edward and Henry Benedict Stuart.