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Three unknown men, of which two formerly known as John Montagu, 2nd Duke of Montagu, James O'Hara, 2nd Baron Tyrawley

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Three unknown men, of which two formerly known as John Montagu, 2nd Duke of Montagu, James O'Hara, 2nd Baron Tyrawley

probably by John Verelst
oil on canvas, 1712
57 in. x 69 1/2 in. (1448 mm x 1765 mm)
Given by John Charles Montagu-Douglas-Scott, 7th Duke of Buccleuch, 1924
Primary Collection
NPG 2034

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  • John Verelst (circa 1675-1734), Artist. Artist or producer associated with 2 portraits.

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steven hicks

10 April 2021, 13:12

Despite doubt about sitters this is quite likely to be Duke John and James O'Hara, given by John's descendant when Montagu House, Whitehall was vacated during WW1. They would have met in Flanders, (James was Marlborough's ADC and John his son-in-law) where John was present for at least 2 campaigns, and they became life-long friends. John became Colonel, 1st Troop Horse Guards and later Master General of the Ordnance for 9 years, taking an active interest in the role.
O'Hara had a very colourful nature and life - perhaps his garb reflects that!