James Drummond, 2nd titular Duke of Perth, 1673 - 1720. Jacobite
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James Drummond, 2nd titular Duke of Perth, 1673 - 1720. Jacobite about 1700
  • Scottish Art
Drummond joined the 1715 Jacobite uprising against the new Hanoverian dynasty ruling Britain. He commanded the cavalry at the battle of Sherrifmuir. After the defeat, he fled to Paris and died in exile. Drummond is shown here with a young black slave, wearing a metal collar, who gazes up at his master. Although at the time of this portrait, the boy's equal humanity was denied, Medina has painted him with warmth and sympathy whilst the Duke seems stiff and remote.

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Hanoverian

A British royal dynasty that began in 1714 with George I, who was the first Protestant in line to the throne, the Act of Settlement having prohibited Catholics from taking the crown. The Hanoverians reigned until the death of William IV in 1837.

Jacobite

Jacobitism was a movement to restore the descendants of the Stuart King James VII and II to the British throne. The first claimant, Prince James Francis Edward (known as 'the Old Pretender') was exiled first in France, then Italy, from where he planned unsuccessful attempts to claim the throne. His son Prince Charles Edward (known as 'Bonnie Prince Charlie' or 'the Young Pretender') famously invaded Britain in 1745, but after some military successes was finally defeated at Culloden in 1746.

Hanoverian, Jacobite

Details

  • Acc. No. PG 1531
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 126.80 x 102.60 cm (framed: 147.00 x 123.00 x 8.00 cm)
  • Credit Purchased 1949