Oil painting on canvas, Somerset Lowry Corry, 2nd Earl Belmore (1774-1841) by Hugh Douglas Hamilton (Dublin 1736 – Dublin 1808), circa 1800 & ?Miss Harriott Hamilton, later Mrs John Way (London c.1769–? Bath ?), 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).
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