Artwork

Portrait of Thomas McDonogh

Thomas McDonogh was an Irish immigrant who served as private secretary to John Wentworth, the last royal governor of New Hampshire. McDonogh fled the colony with Wentworth in 1775, and was a loyalist refugee in Nova Scotia. Following the 1783 Peace of Paris, McDonogh was appointed British consul in Boston, a post in which he served until his death in 1805. Through the generosity of New York art and antiques dealer Alexander Acevedo, we received McDonogh's 1794 portrait and two diplomatic uniforms closely modeled on the pattern of a British general officer's uniform.