Lord Edward Fitzgerald
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Lord Edward Fitzgerald
by Horace Hone
watercolour and bodycolour on ivory, 1797
3 5/8 in. x 2 7/8 in. (91 mm x 74 mm) oval
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- Horace Hone (1754-1825), Miniature painter; son of Nathaniel Hone. Artist or producer associated with 8 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.
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Known as 'Fighting' Fitzgerald, Lord Edward was MP for Kildare from 1783. Increasingly critical of the British government, Fitzgerald gravitated towards the radical Society of United Irishmen. Finally despairing of reform by constitutional means, he became the leading military strategist for the 1798 Rebellion, travelling to Paris to urge the French to invade Ireland. His betrayal and capture contributed greatly to the rebellion's failure. He died in prison from a mortal wound sustained while resisting arrest.
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Events of 1797back to top
Current affairsThe Anti-Jacobin periodical makes its debut followed by The Anti-Jacobin Review the year after. Edited by William Gifford, it acted as a Tory mouthpiece against the 'New Morality' associated with republicanism.
Bank crisis results in the temporary suspension of payments by the Bank of England leading to a nationwide currency shortage.
Art and scienceRobert Southey, later Poet Laureate, publishes his collected Poems, exploring contemporary interest in mythology and non-European cultures.
Ann Radcliffe publishes her popular gothic novel The Italian. One of the most imaginative novelists of the period, she helped introduce readers to the romantic sense of the supernatural.
InternationalBattle of Cape St Vincent. Admiral John Jervis leads the fleet which defeat the Spanish.
Failure of a small French invasion in Pembrokeshire.
Naval mutinies at Spithead and Nore.
Attack on the Canary Islands in which Rear-Admiral Nelson loses an arm.
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