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This picture probably represents an imaginary clandestine Jacobite gathering in St James’s Park, London. The principal figures, the seated lady in white and the gentleman in Stuart tartan, seem engaged in a secret meeting while the lady in red, standing with her back turned, shields them and keeps watch. In front of her a female figure points, possibly in recognition of the gentleman, while to the right a young child restrains a King Charles spaniel. The gentleman could be intended as Prince Charles Edward Stuart, known as the ‘Young Pretender’, and the seated lady Flora Macdonald.

August 2004