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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.
oil on canvas
H 37 x W 30.5 cm
acquired from the sisters of Prince Frederick Duleep Singh (part gift and part purchase), 1948 and 1959
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'