Henry Blundell

Catholic landowner of Ince Blundell Hall, north of Liverpool, (1724-1810) and art collector - especially paintings & sculpture, ancient & 17th-18th century

Henry Blundell (1724-1810) owned the estate at Ince Blundell in Lancashire. He was also a practicing Catholic and well known as an art collector, especially paintings and sculpture, ancient & modern. Henry Blundell, like many Catholic gentry in the 18th century, was educated abraod on the European continent (in present day Belgium and France) and was in Paris in the ?1760s. He was an acquaintance and friend of William Roscoe (1753-1831), who helped appoint Henry as President of the Liverpool Academy, despite them having opposing views on the abolition of the slave trade, Henry being against. They both, however, shared the same views in favour of the political emancipation of Roman Catholics in Britain. Henry had a difficult relationship with his only son, Charles Robert, from whom he became estranged. After Henry's death Charles had to fight a lengthy Chancery court case with his two sisters to retain the collection, which was only decided in his favour in the 1840s, after his death.
  • Gender
    Male
  • Relationship
    Artist/maker, Previous owner
  • Nationality
    British: English
  • Born
    1724
  • Place of birth
    Europe: Northern Europe: UK: England: Lancashire
  • Died
    1810-08-28
  • Place of death
    Europe: Northern Europe: UK: England: Lancashire
  • Cause of death
    Unknown or unrecorded

3 item(s) from the Ancient Egypt collection related to Henry Blundell

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