The Polish Portrait of Bonnie Prince Charlie

Robert Ian Frost* (Corresponding Author)

*Corresponding author for this work

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This book is a study of an eighteenth-century portrait of a youth in Polish dress, owned by the National Portrait Gallery in London since 1922, but never publicly displayed. Two inscriptions claim that it is a portrait of Charles Edward Stuart, popularly known as ‘Bonnie Prince Charlie’. The Gallery has always doubted its authenticity and leading experts on Stuart portraiture have dismissed the identification. This study, by a historian of Poland-Lithuania, is the first detailed attempt to research the painting properly. Based on archival sources, it examines its provenance and the connections of its first known owner with the Kinlochmoidart MacDonalds, who fought for the Prince in the 1745 Jacobite Rebellion. It considers a considerable body of evidence to suggest that it is very possible that the portrait is indeed a genuine depiction of the Prince.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCham, Switzerland
Number of pages151
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-99936-0
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-99935-3
Publication statusPublished - 10 May 2022

Publication series



  • Jacobitism
  • Stuart Dynasty
  • Charles Edward Stuart
  • Clementina Sobieska
  • Jakub Sobieski
  • Stuart portraiture
  • Bonnie Prince Charlie


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