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As a teenager he embodied the hopes of a nation; by 18 he was dead. Discover Prince Henry Stuart through the extraordinary works created under his patronage.
Robert Peake, Prince Henry and Robert Devereux, 3rd Earl of Essex, c 1605
The Royal Collection
The Lost Prince marks the 400th anniversary of the death of Henry Stuart, the handsome and cultured prince whose death at a young age put the nation into mourning. An embodiment of princely virtue, Henry gave hope not only in Britain, but across all of Protestant Europe.
His court was the centre of an artistic renaissance and a revival of chivalric values, the impact of which can be seen in the objects on display. Portraits by Holbein, manuscripts by Ben Jonson and masque designs by Inigo Jones are among the extraordinary range of objects on display, many of which have been loaned from the Royal Collection.
What the critics say
This is a marvellously evocative, historically fascinating and culturally quirky show
The National Portrait Gallery's exhibition The Lost Prince: The Life and Death of Henry Stuart celebrates what might have been for the 17th century heir who would have become Henry IX
a riveting show of art and objects – including funeral relics and the devastating autopsy report