Claude Calthrop

Meeting of Scottish Jacobites

exhibited 1878

Medium
Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions
Support: 889 x 1270 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by Mrs C. Calthrop 1903
Reference
N01921

Display caption

The Jacobites aimed to reinstate James II and his descendants on the throne; the cause lasted from 1688 to the defeat of Charles Edward Stuart (Bonnie Prince Charlie) at the battle of Culloden in 1746. Charles had crossed the border into England in 1745 with a large army gathered from Scotland. This painting shows a group of Scottish Jacobites meeting in secret to discuss the uprising. The danger of discovery is underlined by the dog on the left, alerted by a noise at the door. Such images echo the romantic image of Scotland popularised by the novels of Walter Scott.

Gallery label, September 2004