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Early Georgian Portraits Catalogue

Owen MacSwinny (or Swinny) (1676-1754), Playwright and art dealer

Impresario and playwright; born in Ireland, manager of the Queen's Theatre, Haymarket, 1706, alternating later, due to quarrels, between this theatre and Drury Lane; bankrupt, 1711; went abroad, worked in customs house and returned after twenty years to promote a scheme, backed by Lord March (afterwards the Duke of Richmond), for painting imaginary 'monuments' dedicated to contemporary personalities; a benefit held, 1735, at Drury Lane; his fortune left to Mrs Woffington (q.v.).

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Haskell 1963
F. Haskell, Patrons and Painters, 1963.

Raines 1966
R. Raines, Marcellus Laroon, 1966.


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.