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Captain William Hay of Edington, 1706 - 1760. Adherent of the Stuarts

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Captain William Hay of Edington, 1706 - 1760. Adherent of the Stuarts Dated 1739

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William Hay was a staunch Jacobite and lived for several years in Rome before entering the Austrian service. He was killed at the battle of Torgan in 1760. Whilst Hay was in Rome, Dupra painted this portrait as part of a small series depicting men closely associated with the exiled Jacobites. On the reverse of this canvas, and the others which relate, Duprà detailed the following information: ‘Done for Captain Hay at Rome 1739. A Scots Gentleman residing there having been involved in the misfortunes of the family of Stuart, and was a person esteemed by the British travelling there of whatever party.’

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Jacobitism was a movement to restore the descendants of the Stuart King James VII and II to the British throne. The first claimant, Prince James Francis Edward (known as 'the Old Pretender') was exiled first in France, then Italy, from where he planned unsuccessful attempts to claim the throne. His son Prince Charles Edward (known as 'Bonnie Prince Charlie' or 'the Young Pretender') famously invaded Britain in 1745, but after some military successes was finally defeated at Culloden in 1746.



  • Acc. No. PG 1565
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 62.00 x 48.00 cm (framed: 71.80 x 57.00 x 7.00 cm)
  • Credit Purchased 1951