Peter Tillemans

The Battle of Glenshiel 1719. Figures probably include Lord George Murray, c 1700 - 1760; Rob Roy MacGregor, 1671 - 1734; and General Joseph... (1719)

About this artwork

The Rising of 1719 was another failed attempt to restore the Stuart dynasty to the British throne. On the evening of 10 June the Jacobites engaged with the Hanoverian forces on the slopes of Glenshiel where the current A87 runs between Loch Cluanie and Loch Duich. Tillemans shows the battle from the government position and is based on eye-witness accounts and contemporary plans for the deployment of forces. The figure mounted on the rearing dark horse is probably General Joseph Wightman, commander of the government garrison at Inverness.

Peter Tillemans

Peter Tillemans

Tillemans was born and trained in Antwerp. He was brought to England in 1708 by a picture dealer who used him to copy old master paintings. He specialised in topographical landscapes and travelled around England and Wales painting estates and houses. A central figure in the London art world, Tillemans taught Nollekens and Arthur Devis. He also painted scenery.