About this artwork

Medals and miniatures played an important role in expressing and encouraging loyalty to the exiled Stuart dynasty. Both forms are small and easily concealed, an important consideration given that supporting the Stuarts was a treasonable offence in Britain (although the authorities rarely prosecuted makers or owners of Jacobite imagery). Miniature portraits helped ciculate the features of the young Stuart heirs, Charles and Henry. This picture shows Charles at the time of the rising of 1745. The likely artist, the engraver Robert Strange, accompanied Charles during the invasion, and even designed banknotes for the envisaged Jacobite regime. The engraving shows Charles wearing the Order of the Garter.

Updated before 2020

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Sir Robert Strange

Sir Robert Strange