E. Gill & Martin van Meytens the Younger Prince James Francis Edward Stuart, 1688 - 1766. Son of James VII and II 1727 - 1728 (after original of 1725)

Biography

This elusive artist, known only as E.Gill, was probably an Englishman living in Rome during the 1720s. In 1727 he was commissioned to produce two, and later sixteen more copies of official portraits of Prince James Francis Edward Stewart and his wife, Maria Clementina. The following year, however, Gill was ordered to abandon the project as his work was considered of insufficient quality. By that time he had already made twelve copies altogether, some of which still survive