BONNIE PRINCE CHARLIE AND THE MAKING OF A MYTH
A STUDY IN PORTRAITURE 1720-1892 by Robin NicholsonThe subject of this book has become an icon of misjudged romanticism and Scottish nationalism. Much of this is due to the way he has been portrayed over the years. This study follows the iconographic trail from the early court portraits of an Italian-born prince to the idealised, late-Victorian images of a tartan-clad, heroic Highlander.
Although primarily art-historical in approach, it attempts to place the portraiture within the context of recent revisionist studies of Jacobitism, eighteenth-century propaganda and Scottish identity. Based on a close examination of the archives of both the Scottish National Portrait Gallery and the National Portrait Gallery, and including sixteen colour and thirty-five black-and-white illustrations, it intends to unravel many of the inconsistencies that have befogged studies of the portraits and address some recent art-historical controversies, notably regarding Jacobite glass.
Robin Nicholson is curator of The Drambuie Liqueur Company's extensive collection of Scottish and Jacobite Art.
PUBLISHED 2002 ISBN 0 8387 5495 3 BUCKNELL UNIVERSITY PRESS
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