© National Portrait Gallery, London
Owen MacSwinny (or Swinny)
after Peter van Bleeck Click on the links below to find out more
oil on canvas, (1737)
30 1/4 in. x 25 1/8 in. (768 mm x 638 mm)
Bequeathed by George Bramwell, 1905
Probably an 18th-century copy of the painting known through a mezzotint of 1749, inscribed Peter van Bleeck Pinxt 1737.
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).
- Cullen, Fintan, The Irish Face: Redefining the Irish Portrait, 2004, p. 121
- Kerslake, John, Early Georgian Portraits, 1977, p. 178
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 405
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