Historical Portraits Picture Archive

Portrait of Lord Edward Fitzgerald (1753 - 98) 1790s

Hugh Douglas Hamilton 

Portrait of Lord Edward Fitzgerald (1753 - 98), Hugh Douglas Hamilton
Oil on canvas
18th Century
27 1/2 x 21 1/2 inches 69.9 x 54.6 cm
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This portrait of the aristocratic rebel Lord Edward shows him with his short-cut ''democratic'' hairstyle and ''belcher'' neck-kerchief, a labouring fashion adopted by aspiring revolutonaries and - it has to be said - dandies. The rebellion of which he was one of the leaders in 1798 was unsuccessful, but it was undoubtedly one of the first major blows to English rule and a step on the road to the Irish independence which he craved.
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