Saturday, October 27, 2012

The Exhibition

The letter "E" in the A - Z of Ashdown represents Elizabeth of Bohemia, her eldest daughter Princess Elizabeth Palatine and also a number of members of the Craven family whose names began with the letter E. Today, though, I am blogging about the new exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, which is entitled "The Lost Prince: The Life and death of Henry Stuart." There is a link here.

Henry, eldest son of King James I and VI, was the elder brother of Elizabeth of Bohemia. He was said to embody all the princely virtues and his death from typhoid at the age of eighteen caused widespread mourning and led to the accession of his younger brother Charles instead. The exhibition explores Henry's life and the reaction to his death. Amongst the paintings and artefacts on display are some featuring Elizabeth and the whole exhibition gives an insight into the Jacobean court. A must for all fans of the period!

2 comments:

Minerva Black the shoppe keeping cat said...

I so want to see this exhibition! I was in London for the Pre Raphaelites at The Tate and passed posters for The Lost Prince in the tube. He was such a pretty boy. Must make time! x

Nicola Cornick said...

Both Henry and his sister Elizabeth were considered very good-looking, getting their looks from their mother, apparently. Poor Charles I, with that sort of competition from his older siblings!

I hope you get the chance to visit the exhibition - and tell us what you think of it if you do!