About this artwork

This glamorous portrait of Mary of Modena was painted one year before she gave birth to James Francis Edward Stuart, the future Jacobite claimant to the throne. A devout catholic, Mary had intended to enter a convent. However, in 1673, following the Pope’s encouragement that she should marry, she became the second wife of James, Duke of York, who acceded to the throne as James VII and II in 1685. Wissing has included a white cockatoo, an exotic pet owned by elite women, while her new role as Queen Consort is emphasised by the addition of a crown, which sits on a ledge to her right.

Updated before 2020

  • artist:
    Willem WissingDutch (1656 - 1687)
  • title:
    Mary of Modena, 1658 - 1718. Consort of James VII and II
  • date created:
    1687
  • materials:
    Oil on canvas
  • measurements:
    125.10 x 101.00 cm; Framed: 233.70 x 124.00 x 6.50 cm / 22.00 kg
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    Purchased 1924
  • accession number:
    PG 976
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Willem Wissing

Willem Wissing