Fan, associated with Jacobite cause

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Fan, associated with Jacobite cause

This paper and ivory fan was made around the time of the 1745 Jacobite Rising. The design is by tradition attributed to Robert Strange, the Jacobite engraver.

The fan's hand-coloured print depicts Prince Charles Edward Stewart in armour surrounded by classical gods. The figures on the right are reputed to be the family of King George II retreating in confusion.

Fans such as this were said to have been distributed to ladies at a ball at Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh, by Prince Charles Edward Stewart. The ball was held to celebrate his victory at the Battle of Prestonpans during the Jacobite Rising of 1745.

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Online ID: 000-100-002-048-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.UI 3
Date: Around 1745
c. 1745
Material: Ivory and paper / cardboard and paper
Dimensions: 264 mm L
What: Fan / container
Subject: Costume - fans (NMAS Classification)
Who: Prince Charles Edward Stuart or Charles Edward Stewart (Bonnie Prince Charlie)
Robert Strange (Probable designer)
Where: East Lothian, Prestonpans
Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh (Holyroodhouse)
Description: Jacobite fan of paper mounted on ivory, with its original case, depicting Prince Charles Edward Stuart surrounded by classical gods, probably designed by Robert Strange, c. 1745
  • Marshall, R. K. (ed). Dynasty: The Royal House of Stewart. Edinburgh: NGS & NMS, 1990 p 111 
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