Inverness Museum and Art Gallery
From March 31, 2012 to May 19, 2012 the museum has a special exhibit "Triumphs and Tragedies: Stories of the Stuarts". The exhibit displays a number of paintings donated to the museum by Prince Frederick Duleep Singh, son of the last reigning Maharajah of Lahore. Included in the exhibit are portraits of King Charles I and his wife Queen Henrietta Maria, King Charles II and his wife Queen Catherine, the two elder daughters of King James II and VII (Mary, Princess of Orange, and Anne, Princess George of Denmark), Queen Mary Beatrice (second wife of King James II and VII), King James III and VIII, King Charles III and his wife Queen Louise, and King Henry IX.
The portrait of Queen Henrietta Maria shows her dressed in black and holding a small prayer-book in her left hand.
The portrait of Queen Mary Beatrice, second wife of King James II and VII, is a copy of one by William Wissing.
The portrait of King James III and VIII is a copy of the 1712 portrait by Alexis-Simon Belle currently owned by the "U.K. Government Art Collection" and on display at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery.
The portrait of Charles, Prince of Wales, later King Charles III, is a copy of one by Louis Tocqué. Charles wears armour and, around his neck, a green ribbon with the badge of the Order of the Thistle.
The portrait of Queen Louise, wife of King Charles III, is a copy of the 1793 portrait by François-Xavier Fabre now in the Galleria degli Uffizi.
The portrait of Henry, Cardinal Duke of York, later King Henry IX, shows him wearing cappa magna and seated at a desk holding a letter in his hand. On the desk is a bell. In the background is the Vatican Basilica of St. Peter. The portrait bears some similarity to the 1748 portrait by Domenico Corvi which now hangs at Holyroodhouse Palace, although in the Holyroodhouse version (which is much superior from an artistic perspective) Henry wears a red mantelleta instead of a cappa magna.
On permanent display in the museum are a number of miniatures and other Stuart relics formerly in the collections of Prince Frederick Duleep Singh and of Miss Emily May Bowerbank.
There is a miniature of James, Prince of Wales (later King James III and VIII) which is an over-painted print of the 1695 portrait by Nicolas de Largillière of James with his younger sister Princess Louise, now in the National Portrait Gallery.
The miniature portrait of Princess Louise (youngest daughter of King James II and VII) is based on the 1695 portrait of her and her brother James, Prince of Wales, by Nicolas de Largillière, now in the National Portrait Gallery.
The miniature oil portrait on copper of King James III and VIII appears to be a copy of a work by Alexis-Simon Belle.
The miniature watercolour portrait on ivory of King James III and VIII appears to date from the nineteenth-century.
There is a miniature of King James III and VIII based on the 1725 portrait by Martin van Meytens (of which there are numerous copies by E. Gill).
The miniature of Henry, Cardinal Duke of York (later King Henry IX) is based on the 1740 portrait by Domenico Dupra.
Image 1 (General view of the exhibit Triumphs and Tragedies): © Noel S. McFerran 2012.
Image 2 (Queen Henrietta Maria): © Noel S. McFerran 2012.
Image 3 (Queen Maria Beatrice): © Noel S. McFerran 2012.
Image 4 (King James III and VIII): © Noel S. McFerran 2012.
Image 5 (Charles, Prince of Wales, later King Charles III): © Noel S. McFerran 2012.
Image 6 (Queen Louise): © Noel S. McFerran 2012.
Image 7 (Henry, Cardinal Duke of York, later King Henry IX): © Noel S. McFerran 2012.
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