Somerset Lowry-Corry, 2nd Earl Belmore (1774-1841)

Hugh Douglas Hamilton RHA (Dublin 1739/40 – Dublin 1808)
National Trust Inventory Number 227676

Category Art / Oil paintings
Date circa 1800
Materials Oil on canvas
Measurements 2515 x 1511 mm (99 x 59 ½ in)
Place of origin
Collection Castle Coole, County Fermanagh
On show at Castle Coole, County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland, National Trust

Summary description

Oil painting on canvas, Somerset Lowry Corry, 2nd Earl Belmore (1774-1841) by Hugh Douglas Hamilton (Dublin 1736 – Dublin 1808), circa 1800 Inscribed, his left hand is on a petition (opposing the Act of Union): Motion / [for] an Address / [to] His Majesty / Vist. [?] Corry / against / [the Manner of] a Bill / [for the Union] [of Great Britain] / [& Ireland] / &c Record [missing words supplied from similar inscription in book, dated 6 June 1800, but without Vist. Corry midway, and ending “… Ireland / Moved / by / Ld. Vt. Corry / Negatived. A three-quarter-length portrait, in armour, his left hand on his hip, pointing forward with his right; wearing lace scarf knotted at each end. full length, in a brown coat, yellow waistcoat and grey trousers, beside a table with a book, in a palatial interior.


The 1872 catalogue lists this in the Breakfast Parlour, as by “Mr & Miss Hamilton” [so completed by her after her father’s death, like the similarly-handled portrait of Dr Richard Kirwan, Royal Dublin Soc. (Cullen, art. cit., pp.172 & 192, No. 68 & fig. 105)]; 1903, in the same room (by this time, the Billiard Room); on loan from John, Earl of Belmore

Marks and inscriptions


Makers and roles

Hugh Douglas Hamilton RHA (Dublin 1739/40 – Dublin 1808), artist


Strickland 1913: W. G. Strickland, Dictionary of Irish Artists, 2 vols.1913, vol. I, p.434
Cullen 1984 Fintan Cullen, ‘The oil paintings of Hugh Douglas Hamilton’, The Walpole Society, vol. L, 1984, cat. no.7, p.181 & fig.100

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