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Charles Edward Stuart by Antonio David

Eye Colour

But, it is this portrait that shows his eye colour best. ⇒

Bonnie Prince Charlie's greatest moment was his triumphal entry into Edinburgh, the Scottish capital, where he was described by Andrew Henderson, The Edinburgh History of the late Rebellion, 4th ed., page 14 as, “He [the Prince] was a slender young Man, about five feet ten inches high, of a ruddy complexion, high-nosed, large rolling brown Eyes, long visage: his chin was pointed and Mouth small, in Proportion to his Features: his Hair was red, but at that Time he wore a pale Peruke: he was in Highland Dress, with a blue sash wrought with Gold coming over his Shoulder, red velvet Breeches, a green velvet Bonnet with a gold Lace round it, and a white Cockade which was the Cross of St. Andrew. He likewise had a silver-hilted broad Sword, was booted, and had a Pair of Pistols before him. His Speech was shy, but very intelligible; his Dialect was more upon the English than the Scottish Accent, seem’d to me pretty like that of the Irish, some of whom I had known”. Absolute proof that he had red hair comes from the pencil and red chalk sketch by Giles Hussey (shown below ⇓) in the later 1740s.

Perhaps the biggest controversy concerns the prince's height which is often quoted as five feet ten inches. However, he was known to wear shoes with special heels to raise his height.

According to Frank McLynn
R.A. Stuart 505/20,46

Like most of the Stuarts (Mary Queen of Scots is a well-known example) Charles Edward was well above average height. He was about five feet eleven inches tall, was long-faced, high-nosed, possessed the distinctive sensual Stuart lips, and had a ruddy complexion, large, melancholy rolling brown eyes and reddish hair. A description of the prince by Murray of Broughton in 1742 is useful as it makes exactly the point that it was not Charles’s individual features that made the physical impact but rather the whole personality:

Tall, above the common stature; his limbs are cast in the most exact mould; his complexion has in it somewhat of uncommon delicacy. All his features are perfectly regular and well-tumed; and his eyes the finest I ever saw. But which shines most in him and renders him, without exception, the most surprisingly handsome person of the age, is the dignity that accompanies every gesture. There is indeed such an unspeakable majesty diffused through his whole mien, and such as it is impossible to have any idea of without seeing; and strikes those that have with such an awe as will not suffer them to look on him for any time, unless he emboldens them to it by his excessive affability.
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Physical Characteristics of Charles Edward Stuart from portraits and drawings

⇐ Antonio David, c.1729 (?) Oil on canvas, 25 x 19 in. (635 x 482 mm); large dark brown eyes, thick lips, fresh complexion, own hair powdered white; white neck-band, shirt with lace frill, scarlet jacket with a flower pattern edging down the front, deep cuffs embroidered with silver and blue lace, matching waistcoat, open to the waist; the Garter star and ribbon, underneath, the jewel of the Thistle partly visible on a green ribbon round his neck; plain grey background; lit from the left; in a plain brown painted oval.

Charles Edward Louis John Casimir Silvester Severino Maria Stuart

(born in the late afternoon of December 31, 1720 and died January 31, 1788). Announcement of Prince Charles Edward's birth in the Roman Cracas Diario Ordinario 4 Gennaro 1721 Num 544. N.B. The paper shows an additional name Severino.Italiano

Charles Edward Stuart
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Charles Edward Stuart by Giles Hussey in pencil and red chalk
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