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Cost of Revolution

The Life and Death of an Irish Soldier
September 28, 2019 - February 17, 2020
Museum of the American Revolution
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What can a life tell us about an era? Follow the untold 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 will be 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 will assemble one of the largest collections of objects from Ireland’s 18th-century war for independence ever displayed in Philadelphia.

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