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Flora Macdonald, 1722 - 1790. Jacobite heroine
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Flora Macdonald, 1722 - 1790. Jacobite heroine 1747
  • Scottish Art
Flora Macdonald famously helped Prince Charles evade capture in the aftermath of his defeat at Culloden. With the prince disguised as her maid, they left Benbecula for Skye in a small boat just as the militia were closing in. Charles was eventually rescued by a French ship. This portrait enhances MacDonald’s role as protectress, casting her as a shepherdess gesturing at the Prince’s miniature. Her shepherdess’ crook rests gently on her shoulder.

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Battle of Culloden

A battle fought on Culloden Moor near Inverness in 1746 between supporters of the exiled House of Stuart - led by the Young Pretender, Prince Charles Edward Stuart - and government troops led by the Duke of Cumberland. The government victory effectively brought the 1745 Jacobite Rebellion to an end and resulted in a repression of Highland culture as punishment.

Miniature

A painting or drawing, usually a portrait, on a very small scale. These were popular prior to the invention of photographic portraits in the 19th century.

The Kit-Kat Club

The Kit-Kat Club (sometimes Kit-Cat Club) was an early eighteenth century English club in London with strong political and literary associations, committed to the furtherance of the objectives of the Whig parliamentary party. They met at the Trumpet tavern in London, and at Water Oakley in the Berkshire countryside.

Battle of Culloden, Miniature, The Kit-Kat Club

Details

  • Acc. No. SP IV 93.1
  • Medium Mezzotint on paper
  • Size 31.12 x 25.40 cm
  • Credit Purchased 1892