NPG Number
1538
Mkey
12
Sitter/Title
Sir Ralph Abercromby
Qualifier
after
Artist(s)
JohnHoppner
Date made
based on a work from the early 19th century
Medium
oil on canvas
Credit line
© National Portrait Gallery, London
sir ralph abercromby

12

1538

Sir Ralph Abercromby

after

John Hoppner

based on a work from the early 19th century

oil on canvas

© National Portrait Gallery, London

In December 1797, Abercromby was named Commander-in-Chief of Ireland. It was to be a brief and controversial appointment. Abercromby did not agree with the Dublin administration and as a professional soldier was appalled by the indiscipline and bad behaviour of the troops under his command. In a famous order of February 1798 he described the army as being 'in a state of licentiousness which must render it formidable to anyone but the enemy'. His comments caused a political storm. On the grounds that he had lost the confidence of the Lord Lieutenant and his advisors, Abercromby insisted on resigning.