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Major Edward J. Priestley, Deputy Inspector General, Constabulary of Ireland

Photo credit: Police Service of Northern Ireland

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A portrait of Major Edward J. Priestley, Deputy Inspector General, Royal Irish Constabulary in 1845. A small watercolour also exists, executed as a study for the oil painting. Priestly's uniform is a good example of a Deputy Inspector General's dress during the famine periods of 1845 to 1848. A bicorne hat with feathers is sitting to Priestly's right while he holds a general officers' 'mameluke' pattern sword with a gold decorative toggle.

Police Museum





oil on canvas


H 32.5 x W 24.5 cm

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gift from the Depot Collection

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Major Ed. J. Priestley. Deputy Inspector General. Royal Irish Constabulary. 1845

Police Museum

65 Knock Road, Belfast, County Antrim BT5 6LE Northern Ireland

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