Mary of Modena, 1658 - 1718. Consort of James VII and II
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Mary of Modena, 1658 - 1718. Consort of James VII and II 1687
This glamourous portrait of Mary of Modena was painted following her husband, James VII and II’s, accession to the throne in 1685. A devout catholic, Mary had intended to enter a convent. However, in 1673, following the Pope’s encouragement that she should marry, she became James’s second wife. Wissing has included a cockatoo as a reference to the significance of religion in Mary’s life. Her new role as Queen Consort is emphasised by the addition of a crown, which sits on a ledge to her right. Mary gave birth to James Francis Edward Stuart in 1688, the Jacobite claimant to the throne following James VII and II’s deposition.

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  • Acc. No. PG 976
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 125.10 x 101.00 cm (framed: 150.00 x 124.00 x 5.50 cm)
  • Credit Purchased 1924