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Prince James Francis Edward Stuart; Princess Louisa Maria Theresa Stuart

Prince James Francis Edward Stuart; Princess Louisa Maria Theresa Stuart, by Nicolas de Largillière, 1695 -NPG 976 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Early Georgian Portraits Catalogue

Prince James Francis Edward Stuart; Princess Louisa Maria Theresa Stuart

by Nicolas de Largillière
75 7/8 in. x 57 3/8 in. (1928 mm x 1457 mm)
NPG 976

Inscriptionback to top

Inscribed on the vase: IACOBVS WALLIÆ PRINCEPS/an. æt 70./LVDOVICA PRINCEP/an æt 30. N. de Largillierre/pinxit/1695.

This portraitback to top

In addition to NPG 976, full size versions are in the Uffizi; in the collection, since 1965, of HM Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, and of Mr and Mrs T. Loman, California. One was apparently among the forty family pictures sent to Florence in 1785. [1] The Uffizi version, [2] listed in the 1890 inventory, may well have been there since the 18th century while the Queen Mother's, at Sotheby's, 10 February 1965, lot 90, may be from the Hamilton collection, Christie's, 8 July 1882, lot 1110, possibly painted for the Jacobite supporter James, 4th Duke of Hamilton (1658-1712). A small copy, formerly in the Bernal collection and subsequently at Clumber, was last seen at Christie's, 23 November 1962, lot 57. Among separate copies of the figures of the Prince and Princess a three-quarter length of the Princess was lent by Sir R. T. Gerard to the Second Exhibition of National Portraits, South Kensington, 1867 (197) and a half length of the sitter was at Sotheby's, 9 May 1951, lot 109.

Footnotesback to top

1) Extracts from the Stuart papers, Royal Archives, Windsor, relating to portraits, compiled by the Hon. Miss Stuart-Wortley, VI, p 3.
2) Exhibited ‘Mostra di Ritratti Inglesi per la Settimana Brittanica a Firenze', Florence, 1966 (22), pl.18.

Physical descriptionback to top

James, left, in scarlet with blue Garter ribbon over his left shoulder, his right hand on the head of a large hound; Louisa in high lace head-dress, white dress and train, a sprig of orange blossom in her left hand; behind her, right, a large stone vase with orange blossom tree and a bird; a dog, bottom right.

Conservationback to top

Surface cleaned and varnished on acquisition, 1895; the heads appear at some stage to have been cut from the canvas.

Provenanceback to top

Received, 1895; bequeathed by the trustees of Horatio William, 4th Earl of Orford (1813-94); believed by his executors to have belonged to the Duchesse de Berry and to have been in Venice but not identifiable among her pictures from the Vendramini Palace, sold at the Hotel Drouot, 19 April 1865, and days following. [1]

1) F. Lugt, Repertoire des Catalogues de Ventes, 1600 (28461).

Exhibitionsback to top

Second Exhibition of National Portraits, South Kensington, 1867 (213); 'Royal House of Stuart', 1889 (209); 'Höfische Bildnisse des Spätbarock', Berlin, 1967 (29).

Reproductionsback to top

Engraved by J. Smith (J. Chaloner Smith, British Mezzotinto Portraits, 1878-83, 247), and by Drevet, separate figure of the Prince, half length.

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.

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