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Richard Lovell Edgeworth

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Richard Lovell Edgeworth, by Horace Hone, 1785 - NPG 5069 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Richard Lovell Edgeworth

by Horace Hone
watercolour and bodycolour on ivory, 1785
3 in. x 2 3/8 in. (76 mm x 60 mm) oval
Purchased, 1976
Primary Collection
NPG 5069

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  • Horace Hone (1754-1825), Miniature painter; son of Nathaniel Hone. Artist associated with 8 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.

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Educationalist and father of the novelist Maria Edgeworth, Richard Lovell Edgeworth's Protestant Anglo-Irish family owned an estate confiscated from Irish Catholics by James I. During the Rebellion of 1798, the Edgeworth estate workers rose against their landlord but were suppressed after a bitter struggle. As an Irish MP, Edgeworth campaigned for government control of popular education and between 1806 and 1811 was one of the commissioners appointed by the British government to enquire into public education in Ireland.

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