Frederick Hervey with his Granddaughter Lady Caroline Crichton, in the Gardens of the Villa Borghese, Rome
Detail from Frederick Hervey, 'Bishop of Derry and 4th Earl of Bristol, with his Granddaughter Lady Caroline Crichton'. Photo © National Gallery of IrelandCredit

'Frederick Hervey with his granddaughter Lady Caroline Crichton in the Gardens of the Villa Borghese, Rome' by Hugh Douglas Hamilton

224.4 x 199.5 cm
Oil on canvas
Purchased, 1981 (Lane Fund)

Stop 12 on the First Fortnight Art Trail

Frederick Hervey (1730-1803) became Bishop of Derry in 1768. He made five extended visits to Italy, spending eighteen years there in total. The Earl Bishop is shown with his granddaughter, Caroline Crichton (1779-1856), in the gardens of the Villa Borghese in Rome.

A number of Hervey’s biographers have suggested that he suffered from mental illness, with others using harmful labels – ‘eccentric’, ‘crazy’ and ‘unstable’ – to describe his behaviour. Such limiting labels have led many to underestimate his character and achievements. Willa Murphy, an academic and writer, has suggested that Hervey’s numerous trips across Europe were undertaken as part of his broad-minded attempts to search for solutions to local political conflicts in Northern Ireland.

On display in Room 21, Dargan Wing, Level 1

About First Fortnight Festival

First Fortnight is a charity that challenges mental health prejudice through arts and cultural action. In January 2019, the National Gallery of Ireland is offering an education and engagement programme of events focusing on mindfulness and mental health. This Art Trail is part of the programme. See the full programme of First Fortnight events at the Gallery