Frederick Richard Chichester, Earl of Belfast 1827-53 (1853)


Manara, a miniature painter from Parma, worked in London 1847-52 and exhibited at the Royal Academy 1847-9. His work is represented in museums at Besancon and Château-Thierry. The sitter in this portrait, Frederick Richard Chichester, called by courtesy Earl of Belfast, was the second son of the 3rd Marquess of Donegall. Educated at Eton, he was of an artistic disposition and was fond of literature and music. He became deeply immersed in the affairs of Belfast through his numerous visits to the town (he lived mainly in England) and was a patron of the Belfast Working Classes' Association and president of the Classical Harmonists' Society. Of a delicate constitution, he spent the winter of 1852-3 on the Continent but died of scarlet fever in Naples on 11 February 1853. His remains were brought back to Belfast in 1854 and interred in the Donegall family vault at Carrickfergus. They were later removed to the memorial chapel at Belfast Castle. A bronze statue to his memory is in Belfast City Hall. The portrait (a large miniature) was probably painted during late 1852 or early 1853, when the Earl was on the Continent.

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