Henry Frederick, 1594-1612, Prince of Wales

A head-and-shoulders portrait, slightly to the left, looking towards the viewer. The sitter wears a lace ruff, a pearl earring in his left ear, and Garter robes, with the text of the motto, 'Honi soit qui mal y pense', delineated on the right.

Henry was eldest son of James I of England, but when he died in 1612, his younger brother Charles, later Charles I, became heir to the throne. Henry's mother was Anne of Denmark, a leading art patron. The great warship, the 'Prince Royal', was named after him and Pett designed a miniature galleon for Henry's use on the Thames.

Peake was Serjeant Painter to James I and specialized in portraits of the monarch and his court.

Object Details

ID: BHC4181
Collection: Fine art
Type: Painting
Display location: Display - QH
Creator: Peake, Robert
Date made: Early 17th century
People: Prince Henry Frederick of Wales
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Measurements: Frame: 652 mm x 525 mm x 77 mm;Painting: 440 mm x 300 mm;Overall: 8.6 kg;

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