Must Sees - Face to Face with Scotland

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Scottish National Portrait Gallery / Second floor

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Portrait Second floor
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    Prince Charles Edward Stuart, 1720 - 1788. Eldest son of Prince James Francis Edward Stuart, by William Mosman

    Leading the last and most famous of the Jacobite Risings, Bonnie Prince Charlie wore Highland dress regularly, aware of its symbolic power and capacity to inspire loyalty amongst his men.

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    Location: Scottish National Portrait Gallery / Second floor / Gallery 4

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    Flora Macdonald [Fionnghal nighean Raghnaill ’ic Aonghais Òig], 1722 - 1790. Jacobite heroine, by Richard Wilson

    Flora Macdonald famously helped Prince Charles evade capture in the aftermath of the Jacobite defeat. With the prince in disguise as her maid, they reached Skye in a small boat just as the government militia were closing in.

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    Location: Scottish National Portrait Gallery / Second floor / Gallery 4

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    Anne Bayne, Mrs Allan Ramsay, d. 1743. Wife of the artist Allan Ramsay, by Allan Ramsay

    Anne Bayne was the artist’s first wife and this portrait dates from around the time of their marriage. The highly finished surface, with all evidence of brushwork smoothed away, illustrates well the contemporary view that Ramsay’s paintings were ‘rather lick’t than pencill’d’.

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    Location: Scottish National Portrait Gallery / Second floor / Gallery 5

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    Robert Burns, 1759 - 1796. Poet, by Alexander Nasmyth

    Scotland’s national bard was painted by his friend Alexander Nasmyth soon after Burns had his first great taste of success with the publication in Kilmarnock of Poems, chiefly in the Scottish dialect.

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    Location: Scottish National Portrait Gallery / Second floor / Gallery 7

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    Sir Walter Scott, 1771 - 1832. Novelist and poet, by Sir Henry Raeburn

    It is difficult to overestimate the popularity and influence of Sir Walter Scott in his time. Originally trained as a lawyer, he made his fortune from his writing. Scott’s poetry and his novels explored Scotland’s turbulent history.

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    Location: Scottish National Portrait Gallery / Second floor / Gallery 7

Scottish National Portrait Gallery / Ground floor

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Portrait Ground floor
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    Robert Louis Stevenson, 1850 - 1894. Essayist, poet and novelist, by Count Girolamo Nerli

    This portrait was painted on Samoa where Stevenson, the author of Treasure Island and Kidnapped, had been living for three years. The artist, Count Nerli, has caught the writer’s look of tiredness and strain, the effects of a lifetime of ill-health.

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    Location: Scottish National Portrait Gallery / Ground floor / Café

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