|Jean George Wille
|Image and sheet 225 x 160 mm
A half length portrait of Henry Benedict Stuart, the final Jacobite heir to the throne. Stuart is seen directed slightly to the left, facing the viewer. He is wearing armour which is partially covered by a sash. His portrait is presented in a oval trompe l'oeil frame which is atop a pedestal bearing Stuart's full name and title.
Henry Benedict Thomas Edward Maria Clement Francis Xavier Stuart, Cardinal Duke of York (6 March 1725 – 13 July 1807) was a Roman Catholic Cardinal, as well as the fourth and final Jacobite heir to claim the thrones of England, Scotland, France and Ireland publicly. Unlike his father, James Francis Edward Stuart, and brother, Charles Edward Stuart, Henry made no effort to seize the throne. After Charles's death in January 1788 the Papacy did not recognise Henry as the lawful ruler of England, Scotland and Ireland, but referred to him as the Cardinal Duke of York.
Jean Georges Wille (1715-1808) was a German printmaker, active in Paris, and a member of the Académie Royale.
O'Donoghue 25, 4
Condition: Trimmed to image small wormhole to left sheet edge.