Princess Louisa of Stolberg-Gedern (1752-1824), wife of Prince Charles Edward Stuart, by Ozias Humphry R.A. (1742-1810), circa 1775.

Oval, 6.1cm, in a gold frame, engraved on the reverse: ‘Princess Louisa of Stolberg Wife to the Pretender’.
At the age of twenty Princess Louise was married to the much older Charles Edward Stuart, known as the Young Pretender. By this time, he had long been disappointed in his efforts to regain the English Crown for the Stuarts and was becoming increasingly drunk and dissolute. Initially, they lived mainly in Italy, where they were known as the Count and Countess of Albany, until they eventually separated after about twelve years.


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