I’ve just watched a fascinating BBC 2 programme presented by Dr Bendor Grosvenor (he is usually seen on another BBC tv programme Fake or Fortune) about searching for the missing 1745 portrait of Prince Charles Edward Stuart by Allan Ramsay. It appears that the portrait previously believed to be the prince turns out to be of his brother, Henry, instead – and it was Bendor who made this discovery! His passion and knowledge is quite inspiring.
The journey took Bendor around the country visiting London, Edinburgh, Perth and Derby. In the latter location we were shown the room, now in the Derby Museum, where Bonnie Prince Charlie planned is onward journey to London whilst in Perth we saw a modern portrait of the Young Pretender.
However, it was the visit to the home of the Earl of Wemyss and March (Gosford House, to the east of Edinburgh) that was found to be the location of the Allan Ramsay portrait.
This programme is well worth a look and is available for the next seven days at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03wyfpk.
BBC News covered the story on 21 February at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-26287887
To see more works by the revolutionary Scottish artist, Allan Ramsay see the Your Paintings project
To see other items (including a secret painting) associated with the Prince see the West Highlands Museum website