[Henry Prince of Wales, Eldest Son of King James 1st.]
[London: S. Woodburn, 1813-1814.]
Mezzotint, proof before all letters on india laid paper, 355 x 265mm. 14 x 10½". A fine, rich impression.
Henry Frederick Stuart (1594 - 1612), first child of King James VI of Scotland (later King James I of England) and Anne of Denmark, was born on February 19, 1594, at Stirling Castle in Scotland. The pride of his parents, the heir apparent was groomed for kingship from the beginning. Henry was created Prince of Wales at Westminster in June 1610, the paragon of a prince: he was intelligent, well read, an excellent swordsman, an avid patron of the arts, and possessed of a strict sense of morality. In November 1612 Henry suddenly took ill and died, probably of typhoid fever, though rumours circulated that the Prince was poisoned. Here he is depicted in armour during a lance drill, a jousting tournament in the background. A copy of the engraving by Willem de Passe, by Robert Dunkarton (1744 - c. 1815). From a series of 15 copies of early engravings, 'Portraits of Royal Personages', by Turner, Earlom and Dunkarton, issued by Samuel Woodburn in book form in 1816. Another edition was published in 1830.
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