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Mid-Georgian Portraits Catalogue

Sir John Irwin (1728-1788), General

Army officer; b. Dublin; colonel 1761; MP 1762-83; governor of Gibraltar 1766-68; lieutenant-general 1772; KB 1779; commander-in-chief Ireland 1775-82; general 1782; his last years were spent abroad in some financial difficulty; d. in Parma.

‘His person, manners and conversation were all made for the drawing-room, ... his figure, tall, graceful, and dignified, set off by all the ornaments of dress, accompanied by a ribband and star, rendered him conspicuous in every company ... no man better knew the value of external figure aided by manner’ (Sir Nathaniel Wraxall, 1815).

This extended catalogue entry is from the out-of-print National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: John Ingamells, National Portrait Gallery: Mid-Georgian Portraits 1760-1790, National Portrait Gallery, 2004, 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.