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John Jeffreys Pratt, 1st Marquess Camden

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John Jeffreys Pratt, 1st Marquess Camden, by Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey, 1835 - NPG 5241 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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John Jeffreys Pratt, 1st Marquess Camden

by Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey
marble bust, 1835
24 5/8 in. (626 mm) high
Purchased, 1979
Primary Collection
NPG 5241


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Camden was appointed Lord Lieutenant of Ireland in 1795 after the recall of the Catholic-friendly Lord Fitzwilliam. Personally opposed to Catholic emancipation and parliamentary reform, his arrival in Dublin was greeted by a riot. The Society of United Irishmen were at this time reorganising themselves on a more military footing and attracting increasing support. Also faced with growing rural unrest, Camden alternated between panic and complacency. In1796 he suspended habeas corpus- allowing detention without a hearing - but did little to organise military defence. The government was thus ill-prepared when rebellion broke out in 1798. Camden begged to be recalled and gladly made way for Lord Cornwallis, his successor.

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  • NPG 316a(9): John Jeffreys Pratt, 1st Marquess Camden (study)

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