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Prince James Francis Edward Stuart


RCIN 603479

At James VII and II's accession, his Protestant daughter Princess Mary was his heir. But in June 1688 James's second wife, Mary of Modena, gave birth to a male Catholic heir. Rumours that the child was not the queen's were spread by Protestants to discredit the new-born prince's legitimacy. This portrait entertains no such conspiracy. The child is surrounded by royal symbols including his ermine-lined robe and crowned ‘P’ for prince.

Cat. 209

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