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Early Georgian Portraits Catalogue

Louisa, Countess of Albany (1752-1824), Wife of Prince Charles Edward Stuart

Louisa Maria von Stolberg, daughter of Gustavus Adolphus of Stolberg-Gedern; born, 1752; [1] married, 1772, Prince Charles, the 'Young Pretender', usually known after 1766 as the Earl of Albany, a title she also adopted after leaving him for the poet Alfieri c.1780; received at court in London, 1793; lived in Florence with the French artist Fabre; her possessions, save for Alfieri's manuscripts bequeathed to his native Florence, passed to the Musée Fabre in Montpelier.
'La jeune Princesse', wrote Ryan to Charles, 30 September 1771, 'est d'une bonne taille, jolie de figure, très belles dents et me paroit avoir toutes les qualités que Votre Majesté désire'. [2] Bonstettin noted she was 'of the middle height, blonde, with deep blue eyes, and nose slightly turned up; the complexion dazzlingly fair like that of an Englishwoman. Her expression was maliciously gay. She seemed made to turn everybody's head'. [3] Swinburne in Courts of Europe describes her face as 'black and sallow, with a pug nose'. [4]

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1) b. 1753, Dictionary of National Biography, but G. E. Cockayne, The Complete Peerage, revised by V. Gibbs (and others), 1910-59, I, p 85, gives date of baptism, 20 September 1752.
2) Stuart Papers, Royal archives, vol.457, letter 13.
3) Cited G. E. Cockayne, The Complete Peerage, revised by V. Gibbs (and others), 1910-59, I, p 85, note d.
4) Ibid p 84, note b. Also see under Charles, Prince.

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Waterhouse 1967
E. K. Waterhouse, Catalogue of the Paintings at Waddesdon Manor: the James A. De Rothschild Collection, 1967.

This extended catalogue entry is from the out-of-print National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: John Kerslake, Early Georgian Portraits, Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 1977, and is as published then. For the most up-to-date details on individual Collection works, we recommend reading the information provided in the Search the Collection results on this website in parallel with this text.