Watercolour and wash, 165 x 115mm (6½ x 4½").
Probably Charles Wogan [Jacobite Sir Charles Wogan, first baronet] (c.1685-1754), Jacobite soldier and agent. Wogan left his native Ireland in around 1712, moving to England (he was a friend of the poet Alexander Pope and later corresponded with Jonathan Swift), where he dedicated himself to Jacobite restoration. Charged with treason in 1715, he escaped from Newgate prison prior to his trial and made his way to the continent. There he met the Pretender, James Francis Edward Stuart [James III] and was involved with the selection of Maria Sobieska as a suitable bride for him. Frustrated by the exiled Jacobite court, Wogan made his way to Spain where he acted as an unofficial Jacobite ambassador and acquired some influence at the Spanish court. In 1733 he won distinction for his defence of the fortress of Santa Cruz near Oran in Algeria, and the following year he was appointed governor of La Mancha. Watercolour by George Perfect Harding (1779/80-1853), miniature painter. Harding devoted himself to producing minute copies in watercolour of works of historical and antiquarian interest. Examples of his work are in several major British institutions.
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