A portrait miniature of James Francis Edward Stuart, Chevalier de St. George
Possibly after the painting by Antonio David. Enamel on copper portrait of James Stuart in a breastplate and red cloak. In a gilt copper capsule frame, engraved to the reverse: James Francis Edward Stuart Chevalier de St. George the old Pretender. Minimal scratch to the lower right of enamel. Examined in the frame. 4.5 x 3.7 cm (incl. frame).
English School, ca. 1720.
James Francis Edward Stuart (1688 St. James Palace - 1766 Rome) was the son of Jacob II of England in his second marriage. As the male heir, he had a claim to the throne. However, since his legitimacy was constantly in doubt due to his Catholic heritage, he lived in permanent exile, first in France and later in Rome. His endeavours to gain the throne remained unsuccessful. Following the death of his half-sister Queen Anne in 1714, George I of the House of Hannover became King of England.
Purchased in 1979 from Albrecht Neuhaus art dealers, Würzburg; subsequently in the Collection of Dr. Günther Bartels, Göttingen