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Art From Us MUSEUM GUIDE : National Portrait Gallery, London : Room 11

Today we arrive National Portrait Gallery London – Royalty & Religion in the early 18th century, for our Museum Guide excursion, led by Divvya Nirula.

The National Portrait Gallery in London in a treasure trove of portraits narrating the history of Britain. And here we go further into out exploration of the collection. Presented here are our top three works to see here. So next time you visit the museum, do not miss these.

1. Prince Charles Edward Stuart, c. 1738, Louis Gabriel Blanchet
2. Flora Macdonald, 1747, by Richard Wilson
3. Prince James Francis Edward Stuart, circa 1712, by studio of Alexis Simon Belle

Image credit for artworks : National Portrait Gallery, London

Some fun facts about the Museum : Royalty & Religion

  • The early 18th century was marked by the rise of the Church of England as supreme.
  •  The period leading up to this time also witnessed the Jacobite movement. As put by the Museum : “Jacobites considered Prince James Edward Stuart to be the right king. In 1715, after the coronation of George I, an uprising erupted in parts of Scotland and Northern England, Fuelled by separatist Scots and disgruntled Tories. The rebellion was suppressed but later invasion plots, supported by foreign Catholic states, increased fear around Jacobitism.”
  • When Queen Anne died, the British Parliament thought it most appropriate that James I become ruler. In fact, James I was chosen for 2 key reasons. Firstly, he would ensure the longevity of the Protestant faith. And also, he would adhere to the rules of the constitutional Monarchy.
  • Thus, the ascension of James I to the British throne marked the beginning of the Hanoverian rule in Britain.

A Final Thought :

In the early 18th and late 17th centuries especially, royalty & religion went hand in hand in Britain. For the parliament and the masses, it was particularly important that their monarch be Protestant. And support the Church of England.


Visit Art From Us Archive for Museum Guide collated by Divvya Nirula. Here you shall find more suggestions on where you should visit next. And also what you should see there.

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