The Jacobite Paper fan was a propaganda item made by Sir Robert Strange. It’s ownership was to reflect one’s support for the Bonnie Prince Charlie to re-take the British throne.
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The Bonnie Prince Charlie & Charles Edward Stuart
The Jacobite Folding Paper Fan of 1745
Robert J. Silverstein
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.
The Allegorical Depictions of the Heavenly Prince Charlie
The Evil Snake / Serpent Representation associated with Hanover