Archibald Hamilton Rowan Esqr.
[British, n.d., c.1825.]
Lithograph, very scarce; sheet 170 x 130mm. 6¾ x 5". Margins trimmed.
Portrait of Archibald Hamilton Rowan (1751-1834), Irish nationalist. As a respectable member of the Protestant gentry who was also part of the radical Society of United Irishmen, Rowan was asked by founder Wolfe Tone to help prevent the Society falling into disrepute after the arrest of their secretary James Napper Tandy. They became a regular spectacle in the gallery of the Irish House of Commons, dressed in colourful uniforms and shouting down any politician who spoke ill of them. Rowan was arrested in 1792 on charges of distributing seditious literature. He was found guilty and imprisoned but escaped to America via France. After witnessing the Terror in Paris he modified his political opinions and was permitted to return to Ireland in 1803. After John Comerford (c.1770-1832), miniature painter.
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