Henry, Prince of Wales, as Duke of Rothesay and Cornwall, 1594 - 1612. Eldest son of James VI and I
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Henry, Prince of Wales, as Duke of Rothesay and Cornwall, 1594 - 1612. Eldest son of James VI and I Dated 1604

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  • Scottish Art
Prince Henry was born at Stirling Castle, the eldest child of James VI and Anne of Denmark. This portrayal of Henry’s ‘amiable Majestick Countenance’, painted the year after his father inherited the English throne, shows the prince wearing the robes and accessories of the Order of the Garter. He was an avid collector of art, and of arms and armour (the elaborate jewel in the prince’s hat includes a ship, referencing his interest in naval and military affairs). Henry was hugely popular and it was presumed he would become a great king. When he died of typhoid aged only eighteen, he was widely mourned.

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Order of the Garter

The most senior British Order of Chivalry, founded by Edward III in 1348. It now consists of 24 knights along with royal knights and some foreign monarchs. The badge of the order comprises the St George's Cross within a blue garter (the original emblem of the order), surrounded by radiating silver beams.

Order of the Garter

Details

  • Acc. No. PGL 240
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 134.00 x 101.00 cm (framed: 153.00 x 119.00 x 8.50 cm)
  • Credit Long loan in