G. Will

Prince Charles Edward Stuart, 1720 - 1788. Eldest son of Prince James Francis Edward Stuart (about 1750)

About this artwork

This engraving is one of several ‘Harlequin’ portraits of Bonnie Prince Charlie, so-called because of the bright colours and chequered pattern of the clothing. These portraits, by different artists, were probably inspired by one well-known painting of Prince Charles Edward wearing Highland dress; possibly the suit with trews (trousers) and plaid that was presented to him by the Duke of Perth. A sword and targe (shield) similar to those in the pictures were also part of the present. This colourful engraving is a close copy of a painting by an unknown artist who signed the work with ‘Wassdail’. The Harlequin theme is complete with associated weaponry, a castle in the background and several thistles, the Scottish symbol for strength and resistance.

G. Will

G. Will

It is possible but not at all certain that G. Will is the same artist as Johann George Wille, who painted at least one but perhaps several portraits of Prince Charles Edward. The name G. Will does not appear anywhere else.