Charles Stuart - The Young Pretender
Charles Stuart - The Young Pretender

ENGLISH SCHOOL (18th Century )

Charles Stuart - The Young Pretender

1750 United Kingdom

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English School, Mid 18th Century
Charles Stuart - The Young Pretender
Watercolour on bone
Height: 2¾ inches
Gilt frame

Also known as Bonnie Prince Charlie, Charles Edward Stuart was the last Stuart claimant to the British throne
and the leader of the unsuccessful Jacobite rebellion of 1745-46.

Following in his father’s footsteps, Charles landed with a tiny force of about a dozen men on the west coast of Scotland in July 1745 and raised the Highlands in revolt. In September he entered Edinburgh with his army. He then defeated the British army at Prestonpans and then, in early November, he crossed the English border and headed towards London. Charles advanced as far as Derby before his officers, discouraged by lack of French and English support and frightened by the prospect of facing
thirty thousand government troops, forced him to retreat back to Scotland. His troops melted away, and on April 16, 1746, William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland, decisively defeated him at Culloden Moor.

This exquisite miniature shows Charles as a youth resplendent in full armour, a red cloak lined with ermine and a powdered wig with long tress hanging down to half-way down his back tied with a black ribbon. He is also staking his claim to the throne with the wearing of the blue sash of the Order of the Garter.

Powerful imagery of both Charles and his father were much used across Europe to help build support for the ill-fated Jacobite attempt to reclaim the throne of England. Possible artists by or after are Antonio David or Giles Hussey - one of his works which is very similar to this one can be found at the National Trust’s Anglesey Abbey.
Height 2.75 inch (6.98 cm)
Watercolour on bone
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