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Edward Irving (1792-1834), Scottish minister

Sitter in 8 portraits
Edward Irving was a popular preacher whose success is evidence of the general revival of religious feeling which began in the wake of the French Revolution. He started his career as a Church of Scotland Minister in Edinburgh but moved to London in 1822. He became minister at the Caledonian Church in Covent Garden and soon began to draw large crowds - including members of fashionable society - to his three hour sermons. Numerous satirical attacks on his charismatic preaching and extravagant theories appeared, but they only served to advance his reputation. He was prosecuted for heresy in 1832 and excommunicated from the Church of Scotland in 1833.

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Edward Irving

by Unknown artist
watercolour, circa 1823
NPG 2757


Edward Irving

by Joseph Slater
pencil, circa 1825
NPG 424


Edward Irving

by Unknown artist
wax relief, circa 1825
NPG 1689


Edward Irving

after Unknown artist
pencil and ink, 1820s?


Edward Irving

by Henry Meyer, published by James Nisbet, after Andrew Robertson
stipple engraving, published 27 August 1823
On display in Room 24 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG D36452


Edward Irving

by and published by Richard Dighton
etching, published 10 September 1823
NPG D13334


Edward Irving

by (Isaac) Robert Cruikshank
etching, published 1824
NPG D3300


Repulsed but not Discouraged

by John ('HB') Doyle, published by Thomas McLean
lithograph, published 24 May 1830
NPG D40998