The painting depicts the death of John Graham of Claverhouse, Viscount Dundee, possibly in a room at Urrard House after having been mortally wounded at the Battle of Killiecrankie. The fatally wounded man's armour lies by his bed, his gaze is fixed on a soldier on the right who holds the Scottish standard. In reality the general consensus is that Claverhouse died on the battlefield at Killiecrankie so this is an artistic interpretation of his death based on John Grant's historical fiction 'The Scottish Cavalier'. Claverhouse was referred to as 'Bluidy Clavers' by his enemies due to his supression of the Covenanters as a soldier in the army of Charles II and 'Bonnie Dundee' by his supporters. In 1688 he was made Viscount of Dundee by James VII of Scotland (James II of England). He was mortally wounded during the Battle of Killiecrankie in support of the Jacobite cause and his support of James VII.
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Royal Scottish Academy of Art & Architecture
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