Jacqueline is a historian and art historian specialising in Georgian and Early-Victorian history, art and culture. She writes books and catalogue essays, articles and reviews, for the general reader and the specialist. Her major book on the 1745 Jacobite Rebellion is out now.

  • Jacobites: A New History of the ’45 Rebellion, Bloomsbury Publishing.

    The extraordinary and dramatic history of Prince Charles Edward Stuart’s 1745 campaign to seize the throne of Great Britain. Tom Holland, ‘A gripping, panoramic and timely account of the greatest eighteenth-century crisis to menace the Union of Great Britain.’ Ian Hernon, Tribune Magazine ‘In this page-turning, impeccably researched account’, the author ‘weaves a more complex tale than is taught in schools either side of the border’. Geoffrey Scott, The Tablet, ‘the most comprehensive account in modern times’, ‘vivid storytelling and lively characterisation’. Buy Jacobites with 20% discount here.


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  • ‘Flower of Scotland: The 1745 Jacobite Rebellion’ in History Today, May 2016

    Few events have been as romanticised and misunderstood as the Jacobite Rebellion. And, as Jacqueline Riding explains, politics has brought its myths to the fore once again. It was one of the images of the 2015 General Election. Not a beaming David Cameron on the steps of 10 Downing St after securing, against all the odds and the now discredited opinion polls, a Conservative majority (albeit a slim one). No, it was a photograph of Alex Salmond, former leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP) and ex-First Minister of Scotland. To read the full article click here.

  • British Art 1660-1735 (Yale)

    British Art 1660-1735 (Yale)

    Author, ‘A Session of Painters: Succession, Legacy and the Prospects for British portraiture after Sir Godfrey Kneller’ in Court, Country, City: Essays on British Art and Architecture, 1660-1735, Paul Mellon Centre/Yale University Press, June 2016.

    Sir Godfrey Kneller (b.1646) died on 26 October 1723, although according to George Vertue he had been declared “past remedy (nay dead)” as early as May 1722. Alongside the regular bulletins in the London press charting Kneller’s declining health, and the tributes in prose and verse celebrating a long and distinguished career, the veteran painter’s protracted incapacity focussed attention on one issue in particular: his successor.

  • Canaletto – Celebrating Britain (Compton Verney)

    Canaletto – Celebrating Britain (Compton Verney)

    Author, ‘From Bosworth Field to Finchley Common: Britain, Hogarth and the 1745 Jacobite Rebellion’ in Celebrating Britain: Canaletto, Hogarth and Patriotism Exhibition Catalogue, Compton Verney, Warwickshire; Holburne Museum, Bath; Abbot Hall, Kendal, March 2015.

    William Hogarth, more than any other contemporary British artist, interpreted the consequences of the ’45 in a sequence of paintings and engravings that have become icons of the rebellion itself. More broadly they have also come to define (for better or worse) a very particular, one might say partial notion of Britain and “Britishness” in the post-rebellion years of the mid-eighteenth century.

  • William Hogarth 250

    William Hogarth 250

    Author, ‘A Conjoint Agreement’: The History Painting Scheme within the Foundling Hospital’s Court Room’ in Bernd Krysmanski ed. 250 On: New Light on William Hogarth, 2014.
    In 1739 London’s Foundling Hospital finally received its Royal Charter. As a founding governor, Hogarth had established a close association with the hospital from its inception. Traditionally it has been assumed that he not only conceived and exploited the on-going acquisition, display and promotion of British contemporary art within the hospital’s ‘public’ spaces, but defined the most prestigious painting scheme located within the Court Room and the artists invited to participate…This essay sets out to challenge these assumptions.

  • Canaletto – Celebrating Britain (Compton Verney)

    Hogarth’s New Britain (History Today, December 2014)

    In the winter of 1745 Prince Charles Edward Stuart’s attempt to overthrow the House of Hanover and restore the House of Stuart to the thrones of Great Britain and Ireland seemed unstoppable. On September 21st the only British troops available to crush the nascent rebellion in Scotland were routed by a predominantly Highland Jacobite army at the Battle of Prestonpans. By late November ‘Bonnie Prince Charlie’ and his troops had marched south to Manchester, while two armies commanded by Prince William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland and Field Marshal George Wade were attempting to stop their advance. On December 4th Charles and his army entered Derby, about 120 miles north of London. Two days later, on what became known as ‘Black Friday’, news reached the capital.


  • Mid-Georgian Britain

    Author, Mid-Georgian Britain, Shire Living Histories, October 2010. ‘Elegant, witty and teeming with vivid details and illustrations it is the perfect introduction to life in Britain in the mid-18th Century.’ Tim Knapman, Waterstones.

    ‘Riding writes with a balanced, engaging style and is an accomplished historian, all apparent in the assured feel of the text.’ Lucy Inglis


  • Quilts Hidden Histories

    Quilts (Victoria and Albert Museum)

    Author, ‘His Constant Penelope: Epic tales and domestic narratives in the George III Coverlet’ in Sue Prichard (editor), British Quilts: 1700-2010, Exhibition Catalogue, V&A 2010. Exhibition conference paper, ‘Piecing narratives, patchy history? The maker as editor in the George III coverlet.’

    The ‘George III Coverlet’ with its 41 independent scenes, is an object that should be read, as much as appreciated for its complexity and technical skill. Images of warfare interlink with scenes of domestic life, as if The Illiad and The Odyssey had been updated and Britain was the new Ithaca.

  • The Houses of Parliament

    Houses of Parliament

    Co-editor and contributor, Houses of Parliament: History Art Architecture, Merrell 2000. Fellow contributors include David Cannadine, William Vaughan and Gavin Stamp. ‘The text of each chapter…is scholarly without being pedantic. And the illustrations are superb.’ J. Mordaunt Crook, Times Literary Supplement

  • Handel House Museum

    Author and editor, Handel House Museum Companion, Handel House Trust, 2001. The great composer’s life, times and home.

  • Detail from Joseph Highmore, The Angel of Mercy

    Art History

    Author, ‘The mere relation of the sufferings of others’: Joseph Highmore, History Painting and the Foundling Hospital’, Art History [Journal of the Association of Art Historians], March 2012. Includes a reanalysis of the art scheme within the mid-Georgian Governors’ Court Room at the London Foundling Hospital. For the abstract see ‘News and Events’

    Image Credit: Detail from Joseph Highmore, The Angel of Mercy, c.1746, Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection.

  • Bonnie Prince Charlie

    History Today (article)

    Author, ‘Charlie will come again’ in History Today, April 2011. John Pettie’s ‘Bonnie Prince Charlie entering the ballroom at Holyrood’ (1892) and the making of a Jacobite icon.

    The Jacobite Rebellion of 1745-46 is an important turning point in British history. Yet despite decades of re-evaluation and scholarship the event remains, among the wider public, the legend of ‘Bonnie Prince Charlie’ and his romantic but doomed attempt to regain a stolen crown.

  • Art Quarterly

    Art Quarterly

    Reviewer, ‘Penelope Treadwell, Johann Zoffany: Artist and Adventurer, Paul Holberton’, 2009 in Art Quarterly (The Art Fund) Spring 2010.

    Johann Zoffany (1733-1810) is invariably the bridesmaid, never the bride: often a participant but, with a few noble exceptions, rarely centre stage. He is not alone. Eighteenth-century British Art has been divided habitually between the Ages of Hogarth and Reynolds, the native-particular and the classical-grand manner, and within either camp Zoffany sits uneasily.

  • Duke of Wellington

    History Today (review)

    Reviewer, Stella Tillyard’s The Tides of War, August 2011.

    Historical fiction is no replacement for history. Nor is it history ‘lite’. It is fiction based on a recognisable past. It may be well researched, it may be based on fact and real people, but it is still fiction.