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Early Georgian Portraits Catalogue

Simon Fraser, 11th Lord Lovat (1667?-1747), Jacobite

Jacobite; prompted by dynastic ambitions, forced his kinswoman the Dowager Baroness Lovat into marriage, and was outlawed, 1700; intrigued with exiled Stuarts; reduced Inverness Castle for the Crown and made governor, 1716; his title restored 1730; supported the Pretender from 1737 and in the '45, while also corresponding with Duncan Forbes the lord president; arrested December '45; taken again after Culloden; beheaded for high treason, in his 80th year, on Tower Hill.

He 'makes an odd figure, being generally more loaded with cloaths than a Dutchman with his ten pairs of breeches; he is tall, walks very upright, considering his great age, and is tolerably well shaped; he has a large mouth and short nose, with eyes very much contracted and down looking, a very small forehead, almost all covered with a large periwig; this gives him a grim aspect, but upon addressing anyone, he puts on a smiling countenance; he is near-sighted, and affects to be much more so than he really is'. [1]

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1) Gentleman's Magazine, XVI, 1746, p 339.

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Baines 1836
E. Baines, History of Lancashire, 1836.

Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires, British Museum, 1870-1954.

Hone 1827
W. Hone, Every-Day and Table Book, 1827.

Ireland 1794
S. Ireland, Graphic Illustrations of Hogarth, 1794.

Letters of the First Earl of Malmesbury, 1870.

Notes and Queries, Fourth Series, II, 1868.

Oppé 1948
A. P. Oppé, Drawings of William Hogarth, 1948.

This extended catalogue entry is from the out-of-print National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: John Kerslake, Early Georgian Portraits, Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 1977, and is as published then. For the most up-to-date details on individual Collection works, we recommend reading the information provided in the Search the Collection results on this website in parallel with this text.