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Princess Louisa Maria Theresa Stuart

Princess Louisa Maria Theresa Stuart, by Alexis Simon Belle, circa 1702-1706 -NPG 1658 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Early Georgian Portraits Catalogue

Princess Louisa Maria Theresa Stuart

attributed to Alexis Simon Belle
circa 1702-1706
29 5/8 in. x 24 3/8 in. (753 mm x 625 mm)
NPG 1658

This portraitback to top

A similar picture is in the Scottish NPG (1216), purchased in 1934. A copy belonged to the late R. Gunnis and another owned, 1927, by M. Griffiths was stated to have been brought from France by the Rev. Rudolfus Taylor who accompanied James II to Versailles. The type has been attributed to de Troy but, so far, without documentary support. It is clearly of French origin.

Physical descriptionback to top

Long face, light brown eyebrows, mid-brown eyes, pointed chin, full lower lip, rouged(?) cheeks, brown hair dressed with flowers flowing on to her left shoulder and behind her back, a curl at each temple; bronze-coloured dress with corsage of pink and white carnations, blue mantle lined with white; background of dark sky and foliage. A label on the back of the stretcher gives the sitter's name and a stock number (?) 35368.

Conservationback to top

Flesh tints rubbed; slight retouchings in the face; pin losses at corners; now rectangular but possibly made up from an oval whose outline can still be faintly seen.

Provenanceback to top

Given, 1912, by G. H. Peck.

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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