English School, 17th Century Henry Stuart, 1st Duke of Gloucester (1640–1660), wearing suit of armour, white lace jabot and the blue sash of the Order of the Garter, his natural hair worn loose
Lot 262
English School, 17th Century Henry Stuart, 1st Duke of Gloucester (1640–1660), wearing suit of armour, white lace jabot and the blue sash of the Order of the Garter, his natural hair worn loose
Sold for £500 (US$ 727) inc. premium

Lot Details
Richard Gibson (British, 1615-1690) Henry Stuart, 1st Duke of Gloucester (1640–1660), wearing suit of armour, white lace jabot and the blue sash of the Order of the Garter, his natural hair worn loose
English School, 17th Century
Henry Stuart, 1st Duke of Gloucester (1640–1660), wearing suit of armour, white lace jabot and the blue sash of the Order of the Garter, his natural hair worn loose.
Watercolour on vellum, later inscribed on the reverse Henry Duke/ of/ Gloucester son of/ King Charles First/ By/ *braham Coop**, gilt-metal 'Hatfield' frame, the reverse engraved Prince/ Henry Stuart/ Duke of Gloucester/ -K.G-/ Born at Oatlands/ 8th July 1640/ Died at Whitehall/ 13 Sepr 1661/ by Alexander Cooper.
Oval, 70mm (2 3/4in) high

Footnotes

  • The present lot derives from a portrait by Johann Boeckhorst, of which there is a version in the National Portrait Gallery (no.1932) and in the Royal Collection, see Oliver Millar, The Tudor, Stuart and Early Georgian Pictures in the Collection of Her Majesty The Queen, 1963, no.303. An early 18th Century version in miniature is also in the Royal Caollection, see Graham Reynolds, The Sixteenth and Seventeenth-Century Miniatures in the Collection of Her Majesty The Queen, 1999 p.174, pl.175.

    Henry was the youngest son of Charles I and Henrietta Maria. After his father's defeat at the end of the English Civil War, the prince was captured and brought to London. As Henry was considered to be sufficiently young to have not yet been "corrupted" by the Catholic and absolutist views of his parents, it was briefly suggested that the young prince might be placed on the throne, as a constitutional monarch. However, Parliament opted instead for the establishment of a Republican Commonwealth. In 1652, Oliver Cromwell agreed to release Henry, and he joined his mother and brothers in Paris. However, Henry had become a staunch Protestant, and quarrelled bitterly with his mother over religion and politics. Henrietta virtually expelled him from Paris, and he went to join the Spanish armies fighting at Dunkirk. After the collapse of the Commonwealth, he was reunited with his brother Charles, by whom he was created Duke of Gloucester and Earl of Cambridge . He returned to England and took up residence in Whitehall, but died suddenly of smallpox.
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