The Jacobite Fan of1745

The Jacobite Fan
of
1745

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    The Jacobite Paper fan was an Artistry collage of both historical depictions and Era reflections of the House of Stuart’s lineage. Using certain ancient religious and Greek historical symbols it provided a clear authority from God’s ordination to the House of Stuart over the British Royals.  This was made by Sir Robert Strange as a propaganda item to be marketed in support of Prince Charles Stuart as the true heir to the Throne of Scotland, England, and Ireland. Royal bloodlines would use these to signify support of the Bonnie Prince Charlie attempt in retaking the British throne and ascending to power.  

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The Bonnie Prince Charlie / Charles Edward Stuart

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The Jacobite Folding Paper Fan of 1745
by
Robert J. Silverstein

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     This fan was made by Sir Robert Strange in the 18th century as a propaganda art piece. The paper is mounted on 21 Ivory hand-carved sticks, and it’s length is approximately 11.5 inches or 28.5 cm. The paper fan was first etched and then hand-colored afterward. The fan depicts the two battling Royals of Scotland and England showing their heraldry and monarchial cultural ties to ancient Greece and Rome. The Bonnie Prince Charlie is depicted in a heavenly manor on the left. He is wearing his armor to fight the injustice of the Hanoverian King. On his left, he is attended by Cameron of Lochiel.  Mars and Flora Macdonald is represented by Bellona (flame holds the laurel wreath above the prince). On the right of the Prince, Sir Robert Strange depicts Venus & Cupid, and then Britannia sitting with a Union Flag Shield in representation of the two patron Saints. To the right, Strange shows Jupiter striking down both envy and discord, and the family of Hanover is seen retreating. I found it interesting how Strange chose to depicts the snakes. One should take note to Medusa’s head on the shield and then compare the Serpents wrapped around the arms and body of the common man.

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The Allegorical Depictions of the Heavenly Bonnie Prince Charlie

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The Evil Snake / Serpent Representation associated with Hanover

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