Historical Portraits Picture Archive

Portrait miniature of Prince James Francis Edward Stuart, the Old Pretender 1717-1801

Veronica Telli 1717-1801

Portrait miniature of Prince James Francis Edward Stuart, the Old Pretender, Veronica Telli
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Watercolour
18th Century
Oval, 2.75inches high
 
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This fine portrait miniature shows James Stuart, referred to by his Jacobite supporters as James III. He was the eldest son of the deposed King James II, and lived all of his life, save for the year of his birth, in exile. He launched a short-lived rebellion in 1715, and briefly came ashore in Scotland, but soon returned to the protection of the French court. At the time this portrait was made he was living under the protection of the Papacy in Rome.

Veronica Telli was first commissioned by James to produce a number of sets of miniatures for his family and his supporters in about 1743. This likeness of James is based on a portrait by Domenico Dupra, it being a common practice for portraitists to repeat each others likenesses given the enormous demand for Jacobite images.
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