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Circle of Belle, Alexis-Simon (French painter, 1674-1734) , Prince James Stuart, the Old Pretender, as a Young Man

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Title Prince James Stuart, the Old Pretender, as a Young Man
Alternative Title Prince James Francis Edward Stuart
Collection National Trust for Scotland (Fyvie Castle)
Artist Circle of Belle, Alexis-Simon (French painter, 1674-1734)
Date Earliest about 1702
Date Latest
Description Prince James (1688-1766) was the son of James II and Mary of Modena. His birth ignited the so-called Glorious Revolution which saw the Catholic Stuart royal family exiled to France.

After his father's death James was known as James III by his followers, the Jacobites, or, subsequently, the Old Pretender to his enemies. The production of portraits played a vital role in the propaganda of the Jacobites, and this copy of Belle's 1702 picture shows the sitter in full armour, wearing the Garter sash, a reminder to his followers that he had now succeeded his father as king.

Current Accession Number Pending
Subject portrait (Prince James Francis Edward Stuart)
Measurements 74.9 x 62.2 cm cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Purchased from the Forbes-Leith family 1984.
Provenance By descent in the Gordon and later Forbes-Leith families.
Notes The prime version of Belle's portrait may be the picture in the Palazzo Doria Pamphili, Rome. It was also copied at full-length, with a good example in the Museo de San Carlos, Mexico City.
Rights Owner National Trust for Scotland
Author David Taylor



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