Framed portrait of Charles William Bury, Earl of Charleville

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While I am familiar with the lovely North Cork town of Charleville I never heard of Charles William Bury before. This looks like a fine handsome portrait in a magnificent frame and follows on a theme of noble houses, crests and personalities we have had this week.

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Collection: Irish Personalities Photographic Collection

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    Carol Maddock

    • 15/Nov/2019 08:42:47

    Registers of the Privy Council of Scotland in the background...

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 15/Nov/2019 08:50:40[email protected] I was scouring the background of the portrait for the registers but it is the books beside the frame. Was he a Scottish lord then?

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    • 15/Nov/2019 09:47:44

    Probably the first earl (1764-1835), there were several. Was a member of the FRS and the FSA, hence the learned books. Seat was Charville Castle

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    • 15/Nov/2019 09:49:06

    Unfortunately they were a bit imaginative when it came to naming, so there were two Earls of Charleville called Charles William Bury plus two more with another name added in the middle. I think it's probably the first earl, though, based on his clothes.

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    • 15/Nov/2019 09:56:41

    ... and his hair.

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    • 15/Nov/2019 12:22:33

    Here's a pix of the second earl: Doesn't look like our Charlie. Also President of the Royal Irish Academy between 1812 and 1822.

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    simon mes

    • 15/Nov/2019 14:54:41

    Good portrait!

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    marianne muegenburg cothern

    • 15/Nov/2019 18:00:31

    Ohhh...the frame.

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    • 16/Nov/2019 01:22:27

    Say "cheese"!

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    • 16/Nov/2019 13:37:19

    Charles William Bury, 1st Earl of Charleville FRS, FSA (30 June 1764 – 31 October 1835), known as The Lord Tullamore between 1797 and 1800 and as The Viscount Charleville between 1800 and 1806, was an Irish landowner, antiquarian and politician.,_1st_Earl_of_Charleville The original portrait doesn't seems to be in any public art gallery, either here or across on the mainland. Could be in private family ownership, if it survived. However, judging from the fate of another castle painting, it seems doubtful. The photo itself (glass plate) would be second half of 19th century, so possibly taken in the library of Charleville Castle during the time of the 4th or 5th earl.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 17/Nov/2019 22:08:07[email protected] That is great work Suck Diesel.

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    • 18/Nov/2019 12:16:01

    As an aside, the Earl of Charleville weren't based in Cork, but in Tullamore. The history of Charleville Castle also gives this tidbit: "Tullamoore in these times was a village generally featuring thatched roofs and was largely destroyed by fire in 1785 as result of an hot-air balloon being mismanaged during the 21st birthday celebrations of Charles William Bury." There is a note on the catalogue page referring to “106-33 / T. V. Sadlier” which is probably a misspelling of Thomas Ulick Sadleir, "registrar of the Order of St Patrick, Deputy Ulster King of Arms and Acting Ulster King of Arms." I did have a look at some of his books to see if this photo featured, but I couldn't locate it in any of the ones available online.

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    Dr. Ilia

    • 26/Nov/2019 09:00:12

    Great shot!