Identity Doubtful? The Polish Portrait of Bonnie Prince Charlie

Robert Ian Frost* (Corresponding Author)

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Book/ReportBook


This short book, which will appear in the Palgrave Pivots series, considers the a portrait donated to the NPG in London in 1922, claiming to be of Charles Edward Stuart in Polish dress. Despite a plausible provenance, experts in Stuart portraiture have universally dismissed the possibility of it being genuine. The painting has never been properly investigated, and this bookis the first attempt to consider the case for and against it being of the prince. The book examines the provenance, and Clementina Jacobina Sobieska Macdonald, who donated the portrait to Hardwick House, whose last owner donated it to the NPG. It considers the portrait in the context of relations between the Stuarts and the family of Charles Edward's mother, Clementina Sobieska, and examines possible Polish contexts for the portrait. FInally, it considers the possibility that the portrait was fancy, painted in the early nineteenth century.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 25 Sep 2021

Publication series



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


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