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John Burgoyne

3 of 26 portraits on display in Room 14 at the National Portrait Gallery

John Burgoyne, after Allan Ramsay, after 1758 - NPG 4158 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

John Burgoyne

after Allan Ramsay
oil on canvas, after 1758
20 in. x 14 in. (508 mm x 356 mm)
Purchased with help from The Art Fund, 1960
Primary Collection
NPG 4158


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  • John Burgoyne (1722-1792), 'Gentleman Johnny'; soldier and dramatist. Sitter in 8 portraits.

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  • Allan Ramsay (1713-1784), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 118 portraits, Sitter in 3 portraits.

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Burgoyne, the general, dramatist and Whig politician, was known as 'Gentleman Johnny'. In 1743 he eloped with Lady Charlotte Stanley, the daughter of the 11th Earl of Derby, and to escape creditors lived in France between 1749-55. After distinguished service in Portugal and Spain, he failed in his plan for an offensive from Canada against the American colonists and surrendered at Saratoga in 1777. He was the author of The Heiress (1786) and other plays. The original of this portrait was painted by Allan Ramsay when Burgoyne was staying in Rome with his bride and depicts him standing inside the Colosseum. More detailed information on this portrait is available in a National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue, John Kerslake's Early Georgian Portraits (1977, out of print).

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