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Henry Bentinck Boyle, 5th Earl of Shannon (1833-68) as a young boy


Artist: E Rylance

seated before a seascape
signed and dated on the obverse, in ornate gilt wood and gesso frame

This is a rare portrait painted by a previously unrecorded, presumably Irish artist

Henry was a son of Richard Boyle, 4th Earl of Shannon and his wife Emily Henrietta Seymour. Richard served as a Member of Parliament, representing the Cork County constituency in the House of Commons from 1830 to 1832. He was a member of the Whig faction. Emily was a daughter of Lord George Seymour and Isabella Hamilton.

He was educated at Eton College and then joined the service of the Foreign Office. In 1852, Boyle was appointed Attaché to the British envoy at Frankfurt am Main, a Free imperial city maintaining its independence. Frankfurt was at the time a member of the German Confederation and served as the seat of its Bundesversammlung. From 1852 to 1853, Boyle served as Attaché to the British embassy at Vienna, capital of the Austrian Empire. His father died on 1 August 1868. Henry inherited his title and the estates associated with it

On 12 July 1859, Shannon married his first wife Lady Blanche Emma Lascelles. She was a daughter of Henry Lascelles, 3rd Earl of Harewood and his wife Lady Louisa Thynne. They had three children.

Blanche died on 26 December 1863, two weeks after giving birth to her last son. On 14 January 1868, Shannon married his second wife, Julia Charlotte Cradock-Hartopp.
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Year                 1840
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