Henry, Prince of Wales
1 portrait on display in Room 4 at the National Portrait Gallery
Henry, Prince of Wales
by Robert Peake the Elder
oil on canvas, circa 1610
68 in. x 44 3/4 in. (1727 mm x 1137 mm)
Purchased with help from the Art Fund, 1966
Artistback to top
- Robert Peake the Elder (circa 1551-1619), Portrait and decorative painter. Artist associated with 9 portraits.
This portraitback to top
The eldest son of James I and Anne of Denmark, Henry was by all accounts a remarkable prince; intelligent and learned, he excelled in feats of arms and was an informed patron of the arts. This portrait by his official artist Robert Peake is thought to have been painted soon after he was made Prince of Wales in 1610 at the age of sixteen. Henry is shown standing in an interior wearing a white doublet and trunks embroidered with scarlet. In his right hand he holds a glove and on the table lies his white hat which is decorated with Prince of Wales feathers and a jewel incorporating an 'H' and a 'P' for Henricus Princeps (Prince Henry). The view through the window is thought to be of his gardens at the palace of Richmond (now Richmond Park) which the Prince had modelled on those of the Villa d'Este at Tivoli. Purchased with the help of the National Art Collections Fund, 1966.
Linked publicationsback to top
- I-Spy National Portrait Gallery, 2010, p. 15
- Audio Guide
- 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), pp. 188 (detail) & 121
- Ribeiro, Aileen, The Gallery of Fashion, 2000, p. 58
- Ribeiro, Aileen; Blackman, Cally, A Portrait of Fashion: Six Centuries of Dress at the National Portrait Gallery, 2015, p. 77
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 297
- Strong, Roy, Tudor and Jacobean Portraits, 1969, p. 162
- Williamson, David, The National Portrait Gallery: History of the Kings and Queens of England, 1998, p. 106
Placesback to top
- Place portrayed: United Kingdom: England, London (Palace of Richmond, Richmond Park, London)
Linked displays and exhibitionsback to top
- The Lost Prince: The Life & Death of Henry Stuart (18 October 2012 - 13 January 2013)
Subjects & Themesback to top
Events of 1610back to top
Current affairsLady Arabella Stuart, cousin of James I, secretly marries William Seymour, Marquess of Hertford.
James I's chaotic finances prompts Robert Cecil, Earl of Salisbury to submit to Parliament the great contract which proposed increases to the king's income for James's relinquishment of his feudal rights; however, it was not implemented.
Art and scienceThe Alchemist, by playwright Benjamin Jonson, is first performed by the acting troupe, the King's Men. Jonson also writes Prince Henry's Barriers, in honour of Henry, Prince of Wales.
Stationers' Company agrees to give Thomas Bodley a copy of every book registered with them for his growing Bodleian Library.
InternationalHenry IV, King of France, is assassinated in Paris by Catholic fanatic, François Ravaillac. Henry, born a Calvinist, converted to Catholicism before ascending the throne to appease his future subjects. Although a popular king, much loved by his people, two earlier attempts had been made on his life.
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