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Scottish Art / Follower of Maurice-Quentin de La Tour (French, 1704-1788) Portrait of Charles Edward Stuart 60 x 49.5 cm. (23 5/8 x 19 1/2 in.)

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Follower of Maurice-Quentin de La Tour
(French, 1704-1788)
Portrait of Charles Edward Stuart 60 x 49.5 cm. (23 5/8 x 19 1/2 in.)
18 May 2022, 14:00 BST
Edinburgh

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Follower of Maurice-Quentin de La Tour (French, 1704-1788)

Portrait of Charles Edward Stuart
bears signature and date (upper left)
pastel on paper
60 x 49.5 cm. (23 5/8 x 19 1/2 in.)

Footnotes

The portrait is likely to based on the lost pastel drawing by Maurice Quentin de la Tour, which was exhibited in the Paris Salon of 1748, shortly after Charles' failed rebellion against the Hanoverians in 1745-6. Despite his defeat, Charles was seen in Paris as a great hero.
Charles Edward Stuart, the Young Pretender, embodied the hopes of the Stuart cause in exile. His portrait was reproduced in numerous forms that could be disseminated widely, both as propaganda and as gifts for supporters.

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