A Jacobite Gazetteer - France

Paris - Musée du Louvre

In Room 718 (Denon Wing, 1st Floor) hangs a painting by Giovanni Paolo Panini, Fête in the Piazza Navona to Celebrate the Birth of the Dauphin.1 From November 20 to November 30, 1729, Cardinal Melchior Polignac, Ambassador of France to the Holy See, hosted a series of festivities in Rome to celebrate the birth of the Dauphin (the father of King Louis XVI, King Louis XVII, and King Charles X).2 Pier Leone Ghezzi designed a group of temporary columns and arches in the Piazza Navona for the occasion. The painting by Panini shows a visit to Piazza Navona by King James III and VIII, his two sons, and the Earl of Dunbar (Governor of the Prince of Wales).

Celebration for the Dauphin's Birth, Piazza Navona, 1729

King James can be seen to the right of the central fountain; he wears a long brown coat and a black hat. To his left is Lord Dunbar who holds by the hand Charles, Prince of Wales (later King Charles III) and Henry, Duke of York (later King Henry IX); Charles wears a long red coat and a black hat. The royal party also includes two other courtiers and seven liveried servants.

King James III and VIII in the Piazza Navona, 1729

In the same room hangs another painting by Panini, Fête musicale donnée par le cardinal de La Rochefoucauld au théâtre Argentina de Rome en 1747 à l'occasion du mariage du Dauphin, fils de Louis XV.3 King James III and VIII attended many performances at the Teatro Argentina including this 1747 performance in honour of the marriage of the Dauphin.

Celebration for the Dauphin's Marriage, Teatro Argentina, 1747

King James can be seen on the right side of the theatre one level up from the ground floor in the only triple box. He is seated on a high backed red chair immediately above the monogram of King Louis XV (two letter Ls). Next to him are two ecclesiastics, one of whom is his younger son Henry, Duke of York.

King James III at the Teatro Argentina, 1747

In Room 531 (Richelieu Wing, 1st Floor) there is an insignia of the Most Noble Order of the Garter.5 It is 4 cm high and made of enamelled gold. It was given to the Louvre in 1856 by the antiquarian collector Charles Sauvageot.

Insignia of the Most Noble Order of the Garter

In Room 520 (Richelieu Wing, 1st Floor) there is a Collar of the Order of the Holy Spirit (the premier chivalric order of the Kingdom of France).6 It belonged to Edouard Fitz-James, 6e duc de Fitz-James, great-grandon of the 1st Duke of Berwick (illegitimate son of King James II and VII). He was made a knight of the Holy Spirit on May 30, 1825 by King Charles X.7

The duc de Fitz-James' Collar of the Order of the Holy Spirit

In Room 854 (Richelieu Wing, 2nd Floor) hangs a copy of Sir Anthony Van Dyck's group portrait of the three eldest children of King Charles I: the future King Charles II, King James II, and Mary, Princess of Orange.8

The Children of King Charles I

In the neighbouring Room 851 hang portraits by Gerrit van Honthorst of Prince Edward of the Palatine and his brother Prince Maurice of the Palatine, sons of Elizabeth, Electress Palatine, and first cousins to King James II and VII.10

In Room 850 hangs a double portrait by Van Dyck of Prince Charles Louis and Prince Rupert of the Palatine, the elder sons of the Elizabeth, Electress Palatine.11

Not currently on display is a portrait by Van Dyck of King Charles I at the hunt.15

King Charles I


1 Atlas base des oeuvres exposées (INV 415). The painting measures 107 cm high by 248 cm wide. It was sent by Cardinal Polignac as a gift to King Louis XV.

2 Cf. Diario ordinario (Roma: nella stamperia Cracas): numero 1920 (26 novembre 1729) and numero 1924 (3 dicembre 1729).

3 Atlas base des oeuvres exposées (INV 414). The painting measures 205 cm high by 246 cm wide.

5 Atlas base des oeuvres exposées (OA 593).

6 Atlas base des oeuvres exposées (OA 11859).

7 The duc de Fitz-James was first chamberlain to the comte d'Artois before he succeeded as King Charles X of France..

8 Atlas base des oeuvres exposées (INV 1237). The painting measures 47 cm high by 57 cm wide. It was formerly owned by Prince William V of Orange. In 1795 it was stolen by the French Republic and transferred to the Louvre.

10 The portraits were formerly owned by Louis Joseph, Prince de Condé, and hung at the Château d'Écouen. When the Prince de Condé emigrated from France in 1793, the paintings were seized by the French Republic and transferred to the Louvre.

11 Atlas base des oeuvres exposées (INV 1238).

15 Atlas base des oeuvres exposées (INV 1236). The painting measures 266 cm high by 207 cm wide. It was in France by 1738. In 1775 King Louis XVI bought it from the comtesse du Barry. The painting formerly hung in Room 853, Richilieu Wing, 2nd Floor.

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