© NatWest Group plc
David Wilkie, Scottish, 1785-1841
Title: Portrait of Daniel O'Connell as Governor of the National Bank
Date: 1838
Medium: Oil on canvas
250 x 160 cm
Credit Line: On loan from NatWest Group
Object Number: L.14775
Label TextDaniel O’Connell, known as ‘The Liberator’, was a brilliant lawyer and member of the Westminster Parliament, who spent much of his life agitating for the repeal of the Act of Union between Britain and Ireland (passed in 1800), and for Catholic emancipation (achieved in 1829). He was also one of a number of prominent Irishmen to set up the National Bank of Ireland in 1835. This imposing painting, for which Wilkie was paid the considerable sum of three hundred guineas, was commissioned when O’Connell was Chairman of the National Bank, and Wilkie recorded that ‘Mr. O’Connell himself is pleased’.

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