Robert Stewart, 2nd Marquess of Londonderry (Lord Castlereagh)

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Robert Stewart, 2nd Marquess of Londonderry (Lord Castlereagh), by Sir Thomas Lawrence, 1809-1810 - NPG 891 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Robert Stewart, 2nd Marquess of Londonderry (Lord Castlereagh)

by Sir Thomas Lawrence
oil on canvas, 1809-1810
29 1/4 in. x 24 1/4 in. (743 mm x 616 mm)
Purchased, 1892
Primary Collection
NPG 891


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  • Sir Thomas Lawrence (1769-1830), Portrait painter, collector and President of the Royal Academy. Artist associated with 683 portraits, Sitter in 25 portraits.

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Chief secretary of Ireland during the 1798 Rebellion, Castlereagh was said to be the only one to fully appreciate the magnitude of the Irish crisis. He was blamed by Irish patriots for the brutal way in which the rebels were suppressed - hung from trees and shot without any kind of hearing - resulting in at least 20,000 casualties. In order to avert French threats to land in Ireland and help the rebels fight the British, he was one of the main architects of the Act of Union (1801) which integrated Ireland and England and abolished the Irish Parliament.

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  • NPG D37412: Robert Stewart, 2nd Marquess of Londonderry (Lord Castlereagh) (source portrait)

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