Cardinal Charles Januarius Edward Acton (1803-1847)
||1844 (signed and dated)
||Oil on canvas
||749 x 622 mm (29 1/2 x 24 1/2 in)
|Place of origin
Charles Januarius Edward Acton was the second son of Sir John Acton, 6th Bt. He was born at Naples and educated at Westminster and Cambridge. He was made a Cardinal in 1842, having played an important role in the reorganisation of the English hierarchy in 1840. He was Chamberlain to Leo XII, Secretary to Cardinal Lambruschini in 1828, Governor of Bologna, and in 1845 he acted as interpreter for Gregory XVI in his meeting with the Czar Nicholas.
There is also a portrait of him as a child at Coughton.
Oil painting on canvas, Cardinal Charles Januarius Edward Acton (1803-1847) by Vincenzo Morani (1809 - Rome 1870), signed and dated: V. Morani f Rom 1844. A half-length portrait of Charles, Cardinal Acton, second son of Sir John Acton, 6th Bt, in cardinal's robes, having be elected in 1842, seated holding an open book with a crucifix.
Purchased by the National Trust in 1993 through private treaty sale with NHMF aid
Makers and roles
Vincenzo Morani (1809 - Rome 1870), artist