Cost of Revolution: The Life and Death of an Irish Soldier

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Matthew Skic
Associate Curator
Museum of the American Revolution

Richard Mansergh St. George is a name found in few histories of the American Revolution. Yet, the dramatic journey of this artistic Irish officer in the British Army is one of the most visually rich stories of a person who was not a statesman, a nobleman, or a high ranking military officer during the Revolutionary era. Presented together for the first time in this book are the 22 surviving works of art, now spread out across the globe, that Richard

Mansergh St. George is known to have posed for, created, or helped create.

When considered together, this art documents a 20-year period in St. George’s life in which he fought against two revolutions-one in America and another in Ireland-losing his health and ultimately his life in the process. The art St. George left behind allows us to face the personal cost of revolution and discover the entangled histories of the American Revolution of 1776 and the Irish Revolution of 1798.

See the artwork included in this publication in the Museum’s special exhibition, Cost of Revolution: The Life and Death of an Irish Soldier (on view September 18, 2019-March 17, 2020).

Dimensions: 7"w x 9.5"H
135 pages