Imagining Power: The Visual Culture of the Jacobite Cause

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This dramatic exhibition considers the Jacobites - those loyal to the deposed Stuart dynasty at home and abroad. The Scottish National Portrait Gallery has the most extensive and significant collection of Jacobite visual material in the world.

The term ‘Jacobite’ derives from ‘Jacobus’, the Latin form of James, and describes those who supported James VII and II, the exiled Catholic monarch of Scotland, England and Ireland, and his heirs.  Jacobitism was launched as a political and ideological cause by the birth of a son to King James in 1688 and the subsequent coup d’état led by his Protestant son-in-law, William of Orange. For nearly 100 years Jacobitism was a major factor in European affairs and it was responsible for the last battles on British soil.

This fascinating display focuses on the way Jacobites presented themselves in portraiture.

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Second floor

  • Gallery 2
  • Gallery 3
  • Gallery 4
  • Gallery 1
  • Gallery 5
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  • Gallery 7
  • Gallery 8
  • Gallery 9
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Flora Macdonald [Fionnghal nighean Raghnaill ’ic Aonghais Òig], 1722 - 1790. Jacobite heroine Richard Wilson

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John Campbell, 4th Earl of Loudoun, 1705 - 1782. Soldier Allan Ramsay

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The Solemnisation of the Marriage of James III and Maria Clementina Sobieska Agostino Masucci

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Field-Marshal George Wade, 1673 - 1748. Commander-in-chief in Scotland Johan van Diest

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The Battle of Glenshiel 1719. Figures probably include Lord George Murray, c 1700 - 1760; Rob Roy MacGregor, 1671 - 1734; and General Joseph Wightman, d. 1722 Peter Tillemans

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Prince James receiving his son, Prince Henry, in front of the Palazzo del Re Paolo Monaldi, Pubalacci, Silvestri (Louis de Silvestre?)

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Prince Charles Edward Stuart, 1720 - 1788. Eldest son of Prince James Francis Edward Stuart Antonio David

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Prince Henry Benedict Clement Stuart, 1725 - 1807. Cardinal York; younger brother of Prince Charles Edward Antonio David

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Captain Robert Campbell of Glenlyon [Caiptean Raibeart Caimbeul Ghleann Lìomhann], 1632 - 1696. In command at Glencoe David Scougall

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Lord Charles Gordon, 1721 - 1780 John Alexander

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William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland, 1721-1765. Youngest son of George II Sir Joshua Reynolds

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Prince James Francis Edward Stuart, 1688 - 1766. Son of James VII and II Nicolas de Largillière

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Prince Charles Edward Stuart, 1720 - 1788. Eldest son of Prince James Francis Edward Stuart Hugh Douglas Hamilton

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John Campbell [Mac Cailein Mòr], 2nd Duke of Argyll and Greenwich, 1680 - 1743. Soldier and statesman William Aikman

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Clementina Walkinshaw, c 1720 - 1802. Mistress of Prince Charles Edward Stuart Unknown

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

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Princess Maria Clementina Sobieska, 1702 - 1735. Wife of Prince James Francis Edward Stuart Francesco Trevisani

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The Baptism of Prince Charles Edward Stuart Antonio David

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John Hay of Cromlix, Earl of Inverness, 1691 - 1740. Jacobite Francesco Trevisani

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Mrs John Hay, Countess of Inverness, died 1766 Francesco Trevisani

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Prince Charles Edward Stuart, 1720 - 1788. Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne

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Domenico Corvi, Unknown

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John Campbell of the Bank, about 1703-1777. Banker and businessman William Mosman

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Princess Louisa of Stolberg, 1753 - 1824. Wife of Prince Charles Edward Stuart Unknown

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Charlotte Stuart, Duchess of Albany, 1753 - 1789. Daughter of Prince Charles Edward Stuart Hugh Douglas Hamilton

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Allan Ramsay

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Prince James Francis Edward Stewart, 1688 - 1766. Son of James VII and II. Francois de Troy

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Prince James Francis Edward Stewart, 1688 - 1766. Son of James VII and II Francesco Trevisani

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Prince Charles Edward Stewart, 1720 - 1788. Eldest son of Prince James Francis Edward Stewart Jean-Etienne Liotard

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Prince Henry Benedict Clement Stewart, 1725 - 1807. Cardinal York; younger brother of Prince Charles Edward Jean-Etienne Liotard

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Lord Lewis Gordon, about 1724 - 1754 John Alexander

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