Royal children?

This lovely pair are currently listed on an auction site together, with an attribution to Sir Godfrey Kneller. It is suggested they may be children of Charles II, namely the ill-fated James Scott, 1st Duke of Monmouth, and his half-sister, Charlotte Jemima Henrietta Maria.

The date is around 1660.


I don’t know whether or not the boy is indeed Monmouth, but I do love his dog!

Monmouth dog

There are close-up images on the auction site, including a couple of the odd shaped frames from the back.

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  1. That is indeed a cute dog! 😀

    My instinct is that this isn’t a picture of Monmouth, partly because he had his father’s colouring, and partly because the cravat and sleeve cuff suggest the later 60s or 70s to me, which would make this lad too young. It’s a rather sweet portrait, as is the other, whoever they are. 🙂

    There’s a rather good pic of Monmouth at Moseley Old Hall – have you ever been there?


  2. I’ve not been there, no, but that is a beautiful portrait. Thanks for the link! A pity it’s unattributed, as it’s very accomplished. He definitely has the look of Charles about him. The style reminds me of something I’ve seen elsewhere, but I can’t think what it is. I’ll have to ponder!

    I don’t think the above is Monmouth either, or that they’re by Kneller, but as you say, they’re still very sweet. Close up the girl is beautifully done. The shape is odd though – I don’t think I’ve seen frames like that before…


  3. You’re most welcome! It is a pity that portrait isn’t attributed.

    I saw Cooper’s unfinished miniature of Monmouth at the Queen’s Gallery many years ago. Beautiful, and he was a beautiful boy.

    You know, I managed to completely miss how odd the frames are! I’ve never seen portraits that shape before. They look like serving trays or something. Is it the angle of the photos, or do the children look a bit out of proportion to you? I’m not good with judging children’s proportions but their upper halves seem too big for their lower halves. And I agree, I don’t think they look like Kneller’s work.



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