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In this portrait of Queen Henrietta Maria she is shown facing forward with her left shoulder slightly towards us and her arms cradled. 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 is believed to commemorate 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.
early 18th C
oil on canvas
H 107 x W 81 cm
gift from Mr John Francis Taylor, past Governor, 1890