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Louise of Stolberg (1752–1824)

Photo credit: Highland Council

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A portrait of Louise, wife of Bonnie Prince Charlie. The marriage was politically motivated in order to produce a male heir for Charles. A substantial dowry and pension were also offered to hasten the union. The marriage was a failure as no heirs were conceived and the pension went unpaid. Louise is depicted here in a relaxed but rather sombre looking pose. Her greying hair is contrasted with her young complexion, indeed, Horace Walpole claimed that she looked un-regal on a visit to England in 1791.

Inverness Museum and Art Gallery (High Life Highland)



oil on canvas


H 37 x W 30.5 cm

Accession number

INVMG 0000.394

Acquisition method

acquired from the sisters of Prince Frederick Duleep Singh (part gift and part purchase), 1948 and 1959

Work type


Inscription description

1. 'The Countess of Albany, wife of the Pretender'. 2. 'Duke of Hamilton's Collection, Hamilton Palace'. 3. cartouche: 'Louise (of Stolberg) b1952 d1824 wife of King Charles III'. 4. sticky label: '16'


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Inverness Museum and Art Gallery (High Life Highland)

Castle Wynd, Inverness, Highland IV2 3EB Scotland

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