Mary of Modena, 1658 - 1718. Consort of James VII and II
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Mary of Modena, 1658 - 1718. Consort of James VII and II 1687

On Display PORTRAIT GALLERY

This glamourous portrait of Mary of Modena was painted following her husband, James VII and II’s, accession to the throne in 1685. A devout catholic, Mary had intended to enter a convent. However, in 1673, following the Pope’s encouragement that she should marry, she became James’s second wife. Wissing has included a cockatoo as a reference to the significance of religion in Mary’s life. Her new role as Queen Consort is emphasised by the addition of a crown, which sits on a ledge to her right. Mary gave birth to James Francis Edward Stuart in 1688, the Jacobite claimant to the throne following James VII and II’s deposition.

Details

  • Acc. No. PG 976
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 125.10 x 101.00 cm (framed: 150.00 x 124.00 x 5.50 cm)
  • Credit Purchased 1924