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after Alexis-Simon Belle (Paris 1674 Paris 1734).
Oil painting on canvas, Prince James Francis Edward Stuart (James III), 'The Old Pretender' (1688 - 1766), after Alexis-Simon Belle Paris 1674 Paris 1734), circa 1710/15. After an original in Edinbugh Castle it depicts James VIII and III ('The Old Pretender'). A half-length painted oval portrait, in profile, his head facing the viewer, As the only surviving son of the exiled James VII and II and his queen, Mary of Modena, he was raised in France after his father's deposition in 1688. This portrait shows him dressed in armour and blue sash, recalling his military campaigns to reclaim the British throne (1706, 1708, 1715), all of which were unsuccessful. This orignal type of portrait of him may have been painted before his subsequent exile in Rome and his marriage to the Polish princess Maria Clementina Sobieska in 1719.
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