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John Philpot Curran (1750-1817), Judge

Sitter in 7 portraits
Not a Catholic himself, Curran fought in the Irish House of Commons for Roman Catholic emancipation. He undertook the defence in the treason trials of the rebel leaders of the Society of United Irishmen, Wolfe Tone, Archibald Hamilton Rowan, and Lord Edward Fitzgerald. After the insurrection led by Robert Emmet in 1803, Curran came under suspicion because, unknown to him, his daughter Sarah was engaged to Emmet. In 1814 he retired to London where he was a member of a distinguished group of wits, writers, and lawyers that included Richard Brinsley Sheridan, Lord Byron, Thomas Moore, and Thomas Erskine.

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John Philpot Curran

by Unknown artist
oil on canvas, circa 1807
NPG 379


John Philpot Curran

by John Raphael Smith, after Sir Thomas Lawrence
mezzotint, published 27 July 1801 (1800)
NPG D34435


John Philpot Curran ('The master of the scrolls')

probably by James Gillray, published by McCleary
hand-coloured etching, published circa 1809
NPG D12951


The Darranane Conjurer or More Wigs on the Green

by John ('HB') Doyle, printed by Charles Etienne Pierre Motte, published by Thomas McLean
lithograph, published 7 October 1830
NPG D41021


John Philpot Curran

by Edward McInnes, after Sir Thomas Lawrence
mezzotint, published 1842 (1800)
NPG D34433


John Philpot Curran

by Edward McInnes, after Sir Thomas Lawrence
mezzotint, published 1842 (1800)
NPG D34434


John Philpot Curran

by Edward McInnes, after Sir Thomas Lawrence
mezzotint, published 1842 (1800)
NPG D1611

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