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Murrough O'Brien, 1st Earl of Inchiquin, c. 1660-70 (oil on canvas)

Murrough O'Brien, 1st Earl of Inchiquin, c. 1660-70 (oil on canvas)


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Murrough O'Brien, 1st Earl of Inchiquin, c. 1660-70 (oil on canvas)

2906888 Murrough O'Brien, 1st Earl of Inchiquin, c.1660-70 (oil on canvas) by Wright, John Michael (1617-94); 116x106 cm; Manchester Art Gallery, UK; (add.info.: Murrough McDermod O'Brien, 1st Earl of Inchiquin and 6th Baron Inchiquin (1614-1674), was known as Murchadh na dToitean ("of the conflagrations" i.e.: extensive burnings) - of Irish who would not convert to Anglicanism and their land, crops, livestock, and dwellings.); © Manchester Art Gallery

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The captivating portrait of Murrough O'Brien, 1st Earl of Inchiquin, painted by John Michael Wright in the mid-17th century, showcases the nobleman's commanding presence and rich history. Standing at an impressive size of 116x106 cm, this oil on canvas masterpiece is housed in the esteemed Manchester Art Gallery. Murrough O'Brien was a prominent figure during his time, known for his strong opposition to Anglicanism and his relentless campaign against those who refused to convert. His nickname "Murchadh na dToitean" or "of the conflagrations" speaks volumes about his ruthless tactics - burning down lands, crops, livestock, and dwellings belonging to Irish individuals who resisted Anglican conversion. In this portrait, O'Brien exudes authority as he stands confidently with one hand resting on his hip. Dressed in full military regalia adorned with a plumed helmet and a splendid sash across his chest, he embodies both power and elegance. The glove held firmly in one hand symbolizes control while emphasizing his nobility. Wright skillfully captures every intricate detail of O'Brien's attire and features. The vibrant colors bring life to the painting while showcasing the artist's exceptional talent. This artwork not only serves as a visual representation of an influential historical figure but also offers insight into the religious conflicts that shaped Ireland during this era. As you admire this remarkable piece from Fine Art Finder's collection by Bridgeman Images, let it transport you back in time to witness firsthand the grandeur and complexity surrounding Murrough O'Brien's legacy within British society.

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