Circle of Jeremiah Davison (c.1695-1745)
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Circle of Jeremiah Davison (c.1695-1745)

Portrait of a lady, believed to be Jenny (Jean) Cameron, half-length, in a white dress and tartan wrap, holding a miniature of Bonnie Prince Charlie in her right hand, feigned oval

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Circle of Jeremiah Davison (c.1695-1745)
Portrait of a lady, believed to be Jenny (Jean) Cameron, half-length, in a white dress and tartan wrap, holding a miniature of Bonnie Prince Charlie in her right hand, feigned oval
oil on canvas
30 x 25 in. (76.2 x 63.5 cm.)
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No VAT will be charged on the hammer price, but VAT at 17.5% will be added to the buyer's premium which is invoiced on a VAT inclusive basis.
Notice to Buyers Resident in Scotland Payment and collections may be made immediately following the end of the sale until 7.00pm. Collections may be made on Friday, 27 October 2000 from 9.00 am until 1.00 pm, after which all lots purchased by Scottish residents will be transported free of charge to either our Glasgow office, tel 44(0)141 332 8134 or to our Edinburgh office, tel 44(0)131 225 4756 where they will be available from 9.00 am on Monday, 30 October. Notice to Buyers outside Scotland Purchases made by buyers with addresses outside Scotland will be transferred to Christie's, 8 King Street, London SW1, for collection from noon on Monday, 30 October 2000. Purchases are only insured for a period of seven working days following the sale.

Lot Essay

The sitter may be Jenny Cameron of Glendessary, who was present at the raising of the standard on 19 August 1745 after Bonnie Prince Charlie's arrival in Scotland. The present picture portrays the sitter as overtly supporting the Jacobite cause. She is wearing tartan, which was banned after the defeat at Culloden in 1746, holding a minature of Bonnie Prince Charlie and wearing the white roses of the Stewarts in her hair; it has been suggested that the large open flower represents James Francis Edward, the Old Pretender and the unopened bud the Young Pretender. However, Jenny Cameron of Glendessary is considered to have been more discreet in her sympathies. Therefore it seems more probable that she is Jenny Cameron, the wife of Archibald Cameron (1707-1753), who was involved in the rebellion of 1745, mainly in the capacity of a physician. He was apprehended in 1753, when visiting Scotland to receive money contributed by the Pretender's friends, and was hanged and quartered despite the frantic efforts of his wife to save him.
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