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Theobald Wolfe Tone

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Theobald Wolfe Tone, by T.W. Huffam, after  Unknown artist, mid 19th century - NPG D13755 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Theobald Wolfe Tone

by T.W. Huffam, after Unknown artist
mezzotint, mid 19th century
8 3/8 in. x 5 1/2 in. (227 mm x 133 mm) plate size; 10 1/4 in. x 7 1/4 in. (260 mm x 183 mm) paper size
Purchased, 1966
Reference Collection
NPG D13755

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  • T.W. Huffam (active 1825-1855), Mezzotint, line engraver and lithographer. Artist associated with 6 portraits.
  • Unknown artist. Artist associated with 6286 portraits.

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The 'father of Irish Republicanism', Tone founded the radical Society of United Irishman in 1791 and persuaded the French to make four invasion attempts on Ireland between 1796 and 1798 to help win the country's full independence from Britain. Tone was captured during the last effort and sentenced to death for high treason. He attempted suicide while in custody and died of his wound eight days later.

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