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Robert Earl of Buckinghamshire (Hobart), 1808

Sir Thomas Lawrence and Robert Dunkarton (engraver)

mezzotint on paper (sheet: 50.6 cm x 36.6 cm, plate-mark: 49.5 cm x 39.5 cm, image: 44.4 cm x 35.0 cm)

Robert Hobart, fourth Earl of Buckinghamshire (1760–1816), statesman, was a soldier in the war against the American colonies and served as aide-de-camp to several lord lieutenants of Ireland before becoming Chief Secretary for Ireland from 1789 to 1793. He was a member of the Irish Parliament for Portarlington, Ireland, from 1784 to 1790, but from 1788 was member for Bramber in the English Parliament. Governor of Madras from 1793 (when he inherited the title of Lord Hobart) to 1798, he was meanwhile member for Armagh, Ireland from 1790 to 1797. From March 1801 to May 1804 he was Secretary of State for War and the Colonies. During this period, Hobart Town was established and named in his honour. In late 1804 he succeeded his father to the earldom.

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Purchased 2012

Accession number: 2012.177

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Sir Thomas Lawrence (age 39 in 1808)

Robert Dunkarton (age 64 in 1808)

Robert Hobart (age 48 in 1808)

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Anne Sanders writes about the exhibitions Victoria & Albert: Art & Love on display at the Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace and the retrospective of Sir Thomas Lawrence at the National Portrait Gallery, London.

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.