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An enamel portrait of Jane Cameron (c.1698-1772) reportedly the mistress of Prince Charles Edward Stuart

£ 1,500

4.5 cm (1 3/4")
wearing ermine over her left shoulder, a blue dress trimmed with white lace and puff sleeves
set in the original gold frame with reeded border, the reverse with typed label Jy.Cameron/ Maitress,/ Prince Cs.Ed.Stuart,/ par Zincke

Bonnie Jeanie Cameron is supposed to have had an affair with Bonnie Prince Charles :

"You'll a' hae heard tell o' bonnie Jeanie Cameron, how she fell sick... And a' that they could recommend her Was ae blythe blink o' the Young Pretender." She sends a letter to Prince Charlie, who arrives soon after and takes her in his arms.

There appears to be no historical record of this affair. She was briefly involved in the Jacobite rising of 1745, during which the Stuart heir Charles Edward attempted to reclaim the British throne for his father.

As "Jenny Cameron", she became well-known after a number of sensationalised accounts of her life and deeds during the rising were published. The majority were almost entirely fictional and some were intended as anti-Stuart propaganda.

Although traditionally thought to be the work of Zincke stylistically it appears that this work is closer to the hand of Andreas Groth.
4.5 cm (1 3/4")
More Information
Year                 circa 1740
Medium                 Enamel on . copper
Condition                 Light surface dust
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