The Lost Prince: The Life and Death of Henry Stuart

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.

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.

Venue details

National Portrait Gallery St Martin's Place London WC2H 0HE 020 7306 0055

Entry details

£5.90 with National Art Pass (standard entry £11.80)

Sat – Wed, 10am – 6pm
Thu – Fri, 10am – 9pm

Closed 24 – 26 Dec

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