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

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Charlotte Stuart, Duchess of Albany, 1753 - 1789. Daughter of Prince Charles Edward Stuart About 1785 - 1786


  • Scottish Art
Charlotte was the only child of Prince Charles and Clementine Walkinshaw. After her mother left Charles in 1760, she spent her childhood living in France. In 1773 mother and daughter travelled to Rome, but they were rebuffed and sent home. However, in 1784 Charles had a change of heart. He recognised Charlotte as his legitimate daughter and heiress, naming her the ‘Duchess of Albany’. She then travelled to Italy and nursed her father in his last years. She was described as tall, well-made, lively and very affable, but she was already terminally ill herself and died the year after her father. Charlotte left behind a secret. Before joining her father she had an illicit relationship with Prince Ferdinand de Rohan-Guéméné, Archibishop of Bordeaux, and bore him three children.

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The Stuarts (The Stewarts)

The Stewarts / Stuarts were a Scottish royal dynasty that began with Robert II in the late fourteenth century. In 1603, with the Union of the Crowns of Scotland and England, James VI became James I of England. The Stuart reign saw a brief interruption with the republican Commonwealth due to the English Civil War, which followed Charles I’s execution in 1649, but it was restored in 1660 with Charles II as king. After the 1707 Acts of Union, the Stuarts became the heads of state of the newly created Great Britain. However, with childless Queen Anne’s death in 1714 the crown passed to the House of Hanover. The variant in spelling, from Stewart to Stuart, was due to Mary, Queen of Scots adopting the latter, French spelling, when she lived in France. This became the standard for future generations.

The Stuarts (The Stewarts)


  • Acc. No. PG 623
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 25.70 x 22.00 cm (framed: 34.60 x 29.90 x 3.50 cm)
  • Credit Purchased 1903