Queen Henrietta Maria

Image credit: Merchant Adventurers’ Hall

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In this portrait of Queen Henrietta Maria she is shown pregnant; facing forward with her left shoulder slightly towards us and her arms cradled over her stomach. She wears a gold-coloured silk dress with a lavish lace collar and cuffs, a black bow around her waist, two strings of pearls, a brooch and a diamond pendant. A jewelled crown rests on a table to her right. The painting commemorates a chapter in the history of the Merchant Adventurers' Hall when Queen Henrietta Maria, having heard of the plight of Parliamentarian prisoners who were imprisoned in squalid conditions within the Hall, gave money from her own purse for their relief. She believed that although they were the 'enemy' all prisoners deserved to be treated with respect. A label originally on the painting from 1976 reads: 'A close variant, probably early 18th century from the portrait by Van Dyck now at Windsor Castle, differing in the position of the hands and in the background.

Merchant Adventurers’ Hall



Queen Henrietta Maria


early 18th C


oil on canvas


H 107 x W 81 cm

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Acquisition method

gift from Mr John Francis Taylor, Governor, 1890

Work type


Merchant Adventurers’ Hall

Fossgate, York, North Yorkshire YO1 9XD England

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