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This painting shows the occasion when, during their trip to the Hebrides, Samuel Johnson and James Boswell met the Jacobite heroine Flora MacDonald. She was famous for her part in the escape of Bonnie Prince Charlie. Having disguised the prince as her maidservant, she smuggled him to the Isle of Skye from whence he escaped to France. Johnson said of Flora, ‘Her name will be mentioned in history, and if courage and fidelity be virtues, mentioned with honour.
oil on canvas
81.5 x 93 cm
presented by A. Edward Newton
Dr Johnson's House
17 Gough Square, London, Greater London EC4A 3DE EnglandView venue
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