Domenico Duprà

Half length portrait of Prince Henry Benedict Stuart wearing armour

About this artwork

This portrait of Henry in armour (which had a matching pendant of Charles, now lost) was circulated widely through engraved copies in the 1740s.  It is a more appropriate image for the pious younger brother than is sometimes assumed.  Although not as impetuous as Charles, Henry was desperate to participate in the 1745 Rising.  He arrived in France in late October 1745 to take nominal command of a proposed French invasion which would have landed 12,000 troops in England. Endless delays, bad weather, British naval blockades, and, most fatally, the Jacobites’ retreat from Derby in early December, all undermined support for this expedition and the plan was abandoned by mid-January 1746.  Henry went on to serve with the French army in Flanders, but he was never to set foot in Britain.

Domenico Duprà

Domenico Duprà