London’s National Portrait Gallery is currently holding an exhibition that focuses on the so-called Lost Prince.
The Lost Prince, The Life and Death of Henry Stuart, is running at the central London gallery until January 13th next year and is a fascinating look at the short life of the famous royal family member.
The show marks the 400th anniversary of the prince’s death and features a number of pieces on loan from the Royal Collection. Visitors staying in central London hotels will be able to see paintings from Holbein, Rubens and Robert Peake the Elder. There are also poems written by Ben Johnson and a number of court masque designs by Inigo Jones.
For the first time in around 200 years, the remains of Henry’s funeral effigy are on display and are accompanied by recordings of mourning songs and requiems from the period.
Sandy Nairne, director of the National Portrait Gallery, explained: “Henry, Prince of Wales was the focus of extraordinary developments in the visual arts, architecture, music and literature during the Jacobean period, which led to Britain’s establishment as a cultural player on the world stage.
“On the 400th anniversary of his death, we are delighted to be able to stage this revelatory exhibition.”
The show is being curated by Catharine MacLeod and admission to the exhibition costs £11.70 for adults and £10 for concessions. The National Portrait Gallery is close to Trafalgar Square and people are advised to also consider visiting the nearby National Gallery.
The nearest London Underground stations are Charing Cross, Leicester Square and Embankment.