Sir Robert Strange

Lord George Murray, c 1700 - 1760. Jacobite general (About 1746)

About this artwork

Lord George Murray was born at Huntingtower, near Perth. He joined the 1745 Rising and led the Jacobites to victory at Prestonpans on 21 September 1745. But he and Prince Charles Edward Stuart clashed constantly and it was said that had 'Prince Charles slept during the whole of expedition and allowed Lord George to act for him, he would have found the crown of Great Britain on his head when he awoke.' After the defeat at Culloden in 1746, Lord George escaped to France and spent the rest of his life in exile. This sensitive miniature was drawn by Robert Strange, himself an ardent Jacobite who was present throughout the campaign.

Sir Robert Strange

Sir Robert Strange

Born in Kirkwall, Orkney, Strange was apprenticed to Richard Cooper, the Edinburgh engraver. An ardent Jacobite, he joined the 1745 Rising and went into exile after the defeat at Culloden. He married the sister of the Secretary to Prince Charles Edward Stuart and studied engraving in Rouen and Paris. In 1750 he settled in London, where he established himself as a leading engraver. He spent four years in Italy in the 1760s and lived in Paris from 1775 to 1780. He was knighted by George III in 1787.