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Prince Charles Edward Stuart

Prince Charles Edward Stuart, by Thomas Pingo Jr, circa 1745-1750 -NPG 1052 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Early Georgian Portraits Catalogue

Prince Charles Edward Stuart

attributed to Thomas Pingo Jr
circa 1745-1750
1 5/8 in. (41 mm) diameter
NPG 1052

Inscriptionback to top

Obverse inscribed: CAROLUS WALLIAE PRINCEPS/1745.
Reverse inscribed at top: AMOR ET SPES and at bottom, below a single rule, on plain background, BRITANNIA.

This portraitback to top

The obverse is identical with a 1750 medal, for which receipts survive, recording payment to Pingo for the striking of examples in gold, silver and copper [1] (a silver strike is in the Scottish NPG). Although the medal is inscribed 1745, a letter requesting permission for the striking of the medal and referring to Roettiers as the artist, was written at the end of March 1748. [2] Charles, it has been suggested, wished the medal to commemorate the '45; it was thus ante-dated for 'presentation to those who had helped him in his adventure'. [3] The face mask clearly relates to Lemoyne's plaster bust of Charles in the Scottish NPG (551), deriving from one made in 1746 [4] (see All Known Portraits).

Footnotesback to top

1) H. Farquhar, 'Some Portrait-Medals struck between 1745 and 1752 for Prince Charles Edward', British Numismatic Journal, XVII, 1923-4, pp 587-8.
2) Extracts from the Stuart papers, Royal Archives, Windsor, vol.290, letter 65.
3) H. Farquhar, 'Some Portrait-Medals struck between 1745 and 1752 for Prince Charles Edward', British Numismatic Journal, XVII, 1923-4, p 179.
4) Extracts from the Stuart papers, Royal Archives, Windsor, IV, pp 6, 12-13.

Physical descriptionback to top

Obverse: Profile, head and neck only, to the right; hair falling to nape of neck; no drapery.
Reverse: Britannia standing on seashore, one hand on her shield, in the other a spear; ships on the left.

Conservationback to top

A small damage on rim of the reverse at 9 o'clock.

Provenanceback to top

Presented 1896 by Lord Edmond Fitzmaurice.

Reproductionsback to top

Engraved by Sir Robert Strange, 1749. [1]

1) Reproduced H. Farquhar, 'Some Portrait-Medals struck between 1745 and 1752 for Prince Charles Edward', British Numismatic Journal, XVII, 1923-4, opposite p 183, from the engraving in the British Museum, used to head a contemporary broadsheet eulogising Charles.


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.

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