Handsome, athletic, noble and cultured, Henry Stuart (1594-1612) embodied all the princely virtues. As the future King Henry IX he was the focus of great expectation and his court was the centre of a renaissance in the arts. His early death caused widespread national grief, and led eventually to the accession to the throne of his younger brother, the doomed King Charles I.
The exhibition includes a fascinating selection of some of the most important objects produced and collected in the Jacobean period including portraits, drawings, letters, books and armour.
Until 13 January 2013.
The National Portrait Gallery, founded in 1856, is home to the largest collection of portraits in the world, with works dating from the Middle Ages to the present day.
With over 1,000 portraits on display visitors can come face to face with the people who have shaped British history and culture.