Robert Peake

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

About this artwork

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.

Updated before 2020

  • artist:
  • title:
    Henry, Prince of Wales, as Duke of Rothesay and Cornwall, 1594 - 1612. Eldest son of James VI and I
  • date created:
    Dated 1604
  • materials:
    Oil on canvas
  • measurements:
    134.00 x 101.00 cm (framed: 151.20 x 119.00 x 9.30 cm)
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    Private Collection on Long Term Loan to the National Galleries of Scotland
  • accession number:
    PGL 240
  • gallery:
  • depicted:
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve
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Robert Peake

Robert Peake