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date: 14 October 2019

Long familylocked

  • David Blayney Brown
  •  and Tessa Sidey


English family. (1) Charles Long was a collector; his wife, (2) Amelia Long, was a noted watercolourist.

David Blayney Brown

(b 1760; d Bromley Hill, Kent, Jan 17, 1838).

Politician and collector. He was appointed Secretary of State for Ireland (1806) and Paymaster General (1810) and was created Baron Farnborough on his retirement from politics in 1826. As a connoisseur he favoured established masters. In 1798 he was a purchaser from the Orléans collection, and in 1799 he displayed in his house in Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London, the two paintings by Claude from the Palazzo Altieri, Rome (now in Anglesey Abbey, Cambs, NT), after their arrival in England and before their purchase by William Beckford. In 1806 he was an organizer of the first exhibition of the British Institution, London, of which he became Deputy President. As a lender to the exhibitions of 1815...

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Dictionary of National Biography, 63 vols and suppls (London, 1885–)