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Early Georgian Portraits Catalogue

John Burgoyne (1722-1792), 'Gentleman Johnny'; soldier and dramatist

Gentleman Johnny'. Soldier, dramatist; MP; entered the army, 1740; eloped 1743 with Lady Charlotte Stanley, daughter of the 11th Earl of Derby, and, to escape creditors, lived in France, 1749-55; after distinguished service in Portugal against Spain, went to North America as second in command, 1774, but lacking support, surrendered at Saratoga, 1777; managed the impeachment of Warren Hastings, 1787, and withdrew from politics; his best known play, The Heiress, appeared, 1786.

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De Fonblanque 1876
E. B. de Fonblanque, Political and Military Episodes … from The Life and Correspondence of … Burgoyne, 1876.

Fleming 1956
J. Fleming, ‘Allan Ramsay and Robert Adam in Italy', Connoisseur, CXXXVII, 1956 (based on recently discovered letters in the Clerk papers).

Hausmann ed. 1950
Repertorium der diplomatischen Vertreter aller Länder, ed. F. Hausmann, II, 1950.

Memoires du Duc de Choiseul, 1904.

New York Historical Society Quarterly, XL, 1957.

Smart 1971
A. Smart, 'The Genuine Portrait of General Burgoyne by Ramsay', Apollo, XCIV, 1971.


This extended catalogue entry is from the out-of-print National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: John Kerslake, Early Georgian Portraits, Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 1977, and is as published then. For the most up-to-date details on individual Collection works, we recommend reading the information provided in the Search the Collection results on this website in parallel with this text.