Early Georgian Portraits Catalogue
Prince James Francis Edward Stuart (1688-1766), Known as 'The Old Pretender'; son of James II
'The figure of our young king' declared Count Anthony Hamilton, ‘might be chosen by a painter for the model of the God of Love, if such a deity could be mentioned in the severe court of St. Germain's'. 
Thomas Gray's account, in a letter to his father from Florence, 16 July 1740, is less flattering: ‘... he is a thin ill-made man, extremely tall and awkward, of a most unpromising countenance, a good deal resembling King James the Second, and has extremely the air and look of an idiot, particularly when he laughs or prays. The first he does not often, the latter continually'. 
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Referencesback to topFarquhar 1910
H. Farquhar, 'Portraiture of our Stuart Monarchs on their Coins and Medals', Part II, British Numismatic Journal, VI, 1910.
M. Levey, The Later Italian Pictures in the Collection of her Majesty the Queen, 1964.
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.