Prince Charles Edward Stuart (1720-1788), by Ozias Humphry R.A. (1742-1810).

Oval 6.2cm, in a gold frame, engraved on the reverse: ‘Charles Stuart Pretender to the Crown of England 1782’.

The Prince, also known as Bonnie Prince Charlie, is shown wearing the sash and star of the Order of the Garter. The grandson of James II who went into exile in France after the Glorious Revolution of 1688/9, his life was one of disappointment, as both he, and his father the Old Pretender made repeated, unsuccessful attempts to regain the English Crown. Once a dashing young prince and folk hero, he is depicted here, six years before his death, as rather jowly, after leading a dissolute life in his later years.


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