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A portrait miniature of John FitzGibbon, 2nd Earl of Clare KP GCH PC (10 July 1792 - 18 August 1851)


Artist: Henry Collen

Signed on the obverse in gold 'From a picture by G. Hayter. H Collen 1825 '
in square gilt frame, the reverse inscribed Earl of Clare's Picture/ Lady Isabella Fitzgibbon.

John was the son of John FitzGibbon, 1st Earl of Clare and his wife, Anne, sister of Thomas Whaley (politician). He succeeded to the titles of Baron FitzGibbon in the Peerage of Great Britain and Earl of Clare in the Irish Peerage in 1802.

From 1820 to 1851, he was active in estate management when not in public office, and from 1820 onwards was active in the House of Lords. In 1830 he became a Privy Councillor, and later the same year was appointed Governor of Bombay, serving until 1835.

In 1835 he was invested as a Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Guelphic Order, was a member of the Royal Asiatic Society from 1839 and invested as a Knight of St Patrick in 1845. He was Deputy Lieutenant of the County of Limerick from 1846 to 1849 and afterwards Lord Lieutenant of the City of Limerick for the remainder of his life.

He married Elizabeth Burrell, daughter of Peter Burrell, 1st Lord Gwydwyr. The couple lived apart, Lady Clare moving to the Isle of Wight where she built a Catholic church at Ryde and a Priory at Carisbrooke.

He was also known to have been a great friend of Lord Byron while attending Harrow School. (Byron had claimed to love him 'ad infinitum' and said that he could never hear the word 'Clare' without 'a murmur of the heart'.
Lady Isabella Fitzgibbon was John's sister.
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Year                 1825
Medium                 Watercolour on ivory
Signed                 Signed on the obverse in gold 'From a picture by G. Hayter. H Collen 1825 '
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