James Caulfeild, 1st Earl of Charlemont

1 portrait of James Caulfeild, 1st Earl of Charlemont

James Caulfeild, 1st Earl of Charlemont, by William Daniell, after  George Dance, published 2 April 1814 (August 1795) - NPG D12053 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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James Caulfeild, 1st Earl of Charlemont

by William Daniell, after George Dance
soft-ground etching, published 2 April 1814 (August 1795)
10 3/4 in. x 8 in. (272 mm x 203 mm) plate size; 17 3/8 in. x 10 7/8 in. (440 mm x 276 mm) paper size
Purchased, 1908
Reference Collection
NPG D12053

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  • George Dance (1741-1825), Architect and portrait draughtsman. Artist associated with 322 portraits, Sitter in 7 portraits.
  • William Daniell (1769-1837), Landscape painter and engraver. Artist associated with 288 portraits.

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Charlemont and his close ally Henry Grattan led the Irish nation throughout the 1780s and 1790s, backed by the Irish 'volunteers'. They were a loyal body - formed in response to the threat of French invasion - who had significant political influence. Charlemont was instrumental in organising volunteer rallies and conventions through which the wishes of the Irish nation could be accurately represented to the British administration. He was determined to live in Ireland in protest at the large number of absentee Anglo-Irish landlords who provoked considerable resentment. His Dublin townhouse became a social centre for the liberal upper classes.

Related worksback to top

  • NPG D12179: James Caulfeild, 1st Earl of Charlemont (from same plate)
  • NPG D12180: James Caulfeild, 1st Earl of Charlemont (from same plate)

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