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Robert Emmet

2 of 2 portraits of Robert Emmet

Robert Emmet, by William Read, after  Unknown artist, 1841 - NPG D21604 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Robert Emmet

by William Read, after Unknown artist
stipple and line engraving, 1841
16 in. x 11 7/8 in. (407 mm x 302 mm) plate size; 20 3/8 in. x 14 3/8 in. (519 mm x 365 mm) paper size
Given by the daughter of compiler William Fleming MD, Mary Elizabeth Stopford, 1931
Reference Collection
NPG D21604


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  • Robert Emmet (1778-1803), Irish nationalist. Sitter in 2 portraits.

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  • William Read (active 1824-1837), Engraver. Artist associated with 11 portraits.
  • Unknown artist. Artist associated with 6245 portraits.

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This print records his celebrated speech during the trial, which was widely distributed and became a benchmark of radical rhetoric. His hasty execution the following day confirmed his romantic status and was hailed as a martyr to republicanism. His inclusion in the Northern Star series reflects the consistent Chartist opposition to British rule in Ireland. It was reportedly the most popular print of the series.

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