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Sir Ralph Abercromby

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Sir Ralph Abercromby, after John Hoppner, (circa 1798) - NPG 1538 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Sir Ralph Abercromby

after John Hoppner
oil on canvas, (circa 1798)
36 3/4 in. x 30 1/4 in. (933 mm x 768 mm)
Given by Alfred Jones, 1909
Primary Collection
NPG 1538


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  • John Hoppner (1758-1810), Painter. Artist associated with 213 portraits, Sitter in 13 portraits.

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In December 1797, Abercromby was named Commander-in-Chief of Ireland. It was to be a brief and controversial appointment. Abercromby did not agree with the Dublin administration and as a professional soldier was appalled by the indiscipline and bad behaviour of the troops under his command. In a famous order of February 1798 he described the army as being 'in a state of licentiousness which must render it formidable to anyone but the enemy'. His comments caused a political storm. On the grounds that he had lost the confidence of the Lord Lieutenant and his advisors, Abercromby insisted on resigning.

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