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Lord Edward Fitzgerald

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Lord Edward Fitzgerald, by Horace Hone, 1797 - NPG 5704 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Lord Edward Fitzgerald

by Horace Hone
watercolour and bodycolour on ivory, 1797
3 5/8 in. x 2 7/8 in. (91 mm x 74 mm) oval
Purchased, 1984
Primary Collection
NPG 5704


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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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Known as 'Fighting' Fitzgerald, Lord Edward was MP for Kildare from 1783. Increasingly critical of the British government, Fitzgerald gravitated towards the radical Society of United Irishmen. Finally despairing of reform by constitutional means, he became the leading military strategist for the 1798 Rebellion, travelling to Paris to urge the French to invade Ireland. His betrayal and capture contributed greatly to the rebellion's failure. He died in prison from a mortal wound sustained while resisting arrest.

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