Event: The Lost Prince at the National Portrait Gallery
Location: National Portrait Gallery, WC2
The Lost Prince: The Life and Death of Henry Stuart is an exhibition on the life of Henry, Prince of Wales, son of James I, who died before he could become king.
The young prince died of typhoid fever in November 1612 when he was just 18 years old. He would have become King Henry IX had he lived. Henry was considered to be a most promising prince and there were hopes he would transform the country on his accession. Instead, his younger brother, the doomed Charles I, became king in his stead.
The pictures on show include portraits by Holbein, Nicholas Hilliard and Isaac Oliver, as well as a number of portraits by the artist Robert Peake, who painted Henry in dramatic poses, in a new kind of royal portraiture.
There are displays highlighting Henry’s love of Renaissance art and culture and collecting art (unlike his father), and the final section is on his death, with his funeral effigy on show for the first time in 200 years.