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Cost of Revolution: Richard St. George in America and Ireland

September 28 through February 17, 2020

Museum of the American Revolution

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

What can a life tell us about an era? Follow the never-before-told story of Richard St. George, an Irish soldier and artist, whose personal trauma and untimely death provide a window into the entangled histories of the American Revolution and the ensuing bloody Irish Revolution of 1798. St. George’s tragic journey is brought to life through rare portraits and historical artifacts – reunited for the first time – from Ireland, England, Australia, and the United States. St. George’s own artwork, from sketches and cartoons to paintings created after surviving a severe head wound from the Battle of Germantown, reveals the physical and emotional toll of revolution. The exhibition assembles one of the largest collections of objects from Ireland’s 18th-century war for independence ever displayed in Philadelphia.

Image courtesy Museum of the American Revolution