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Attributed to after Troy, François de (French painter, born 1645 or 1646, died 1730) , Prince James Francis Edward Stuart

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Title Prince James Francis Edward Stuart
Collection National Trust for Scotland (Falkland Palace)
Artist Attributed to after Troy, François de (French painter, born 1645 or 1646, died 1730)
Previously attributed to after Belle, Alexis-Simon (French painter, 1674-1734)
Date Earliest 1701
Date Latest about 1705
Description The only son of the Roman Catholic king of England, James II, the sitter was known as James III of England and James VIII of Scotland by his supporters and as ‘The Old Pretender' by his opponents. James II having been deposed by the 'Glorious Revolution' of 1688, his son was taken secretly across the channel to Saint-Germain-en-Laye when two months old where his father set up court. Catholic faith prompted the English Parliament to pass a bill of attainder against him. Though this painting has been attributed to Alexis Belle, it is more likely to be after a portrait by Francois de Troy who was painter to the Stuarts in exile until 1701. It bears the most resemblance to de Troy's painting of James in the Scottish National Portrait Gallery painted around the time of his thirteenth birthday in 1701.
Current Accession Number 88.138
Subject portrait (Prince James Francis Edward Stuart)
Measurements 66 x 53 cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Bequeathed by William Steel Esq. 1988.
Principal Exhibitions Laird's, Libraries & Lullabies, National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh, 1991.
Rights Owner National Trust for Scotland
Author Dr Patricia Smyth



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