Antonio David

Prince Charles Edward Stuart, 1720 - 1788. Eldest son of Prince James Francis Edward Stuart (1732)

About this artwork

This proud and cheerful portrait suggests the high hopes the exiled Stuarts had of their young prince. The grandson of the deposed king of Scotland and England, James VII and II, Charles was born in Rome. Handsome - 'Bonnie Prince Charlie' - and brave, he attempted to regain the throne for his father. In 1745, with his Jacobite army, he marched as far south as Derby but then was forced to retreat. The rising was totally defeated at the Battle of Culloden in 1746 and Charles remained in exile the rest of his life.

Antonio David

Antonio David

Antonio David's most celebrated credential was as an official painter of the exiled Jacobite court in Rome. Painting in his homeland of Italy, David worked for the Stuart dynasty for nearly twenty years. Copies of his portraits were circulated to the family's supporters throughout Europe. Due to a previous wrangle over a bill, the artist insisted on being paid in advance for his renowned pair of portraits of Prince Charles Edward Stuart and his brother Prince Henry, painted in 1729. David also painted portraits of Scottish Jacobite supporters.