Henry Blundell

Catholic landowner of Ince Blundell Hall, north of Liverpool (1724-1810) and art collector

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 with a focus on paintings as well as ancient and neo-classical sculpture.

Like many Catholic gentry in the 18th century, Blundell was educated abroad on the European continent (in present day Belgium and France) and spent some time in Paris during the 1760s. He was an acquaintance and friend of William Roscoe (1753-1831), who helped appoint him President of the Liverpool Academy, despite their opposing views on the abolition of the slave trade. Blundell was against it. They both, however, were in favour of the political emancipation of Roman Catholics in Britain.

Blundell had a difficult relationship with his only son, Charles Robert, from whom he became estranged. After his father's death, Charles fought a lengthy Chancery court case against his two sisters to retain their father's art collection. The case was only decided in Charles' favour in the 1840s but after his own death in 1837.
  • Gender
    Male
  • Relationship
    Collector, 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
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