About this artwork

Born in exile in Italy, Prince Henry was the second son of James Francis Edward Stuart, king of England and Wales, Scotland and Ireland according to the Jacobites. Unlike his brother, Prince Charles Edward Stuart, Henry chose to pursue a career in the church as opposed to fighting the Jacobite cause. In July 1747 he was appointed a Cardinal and ordained as a priest the following year, fulfilling a genuine religious vocation. Painted shortly after his appointment, this work shows Henry in the red robes of a cardinal.

Domenico Corvi

Domenico Corvi