About this artwork

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.

Johannes Faber

Thomas Hudson

Johannes Faber

Thomas Hudson