Earl of Longford, Edward Arthur Henry Pakenham

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When: 05 September 1928

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When you read the title you might expect a man in ermine and silks standing in a great hall with flunkeys at his beck and call? Instead here is a portly young man with a suit that is just a little tight and a very pleasant smile on his face. From a photographic point of view this is a dreadful crop from another photo!

Photographers: Various

Collection: Irish Personalities Photographic Collection

Date: 5th September 1928

NLI Ref: NPA PERS36

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    derangedlemur

    • 20/Feb/2020 08:24:17

    Did you hear about the Kerry genius? He was a man out standing in his own field.

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    derangedlemur

    • 20/Feb/2020 08:27:11

    That's Thomas Packenham's grandad, is it?

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 20/Feb/2020 08:57:48

    5 September 1928 was a Wednesday ... "Edward Arthur Henry Pakenham, 6th Earl of Longford (29 December 1902 – 4 February 1961) was an Irish peer, politician, and littérateur. Also known as Eamon de Longphort, he was a member of the fifth Seanad Éireann, the upper house of the Irish Parliament, in the 1940s. ... " From - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_Pakenham,_6th_Earl_of_Longford So he is 25 here.

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    derangedlemur

    • 20/Feb/2020 09:15:36

    He owned the biggest oak in the country for years. It got struck by lightning since, so it's a bit less big now.

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    suckindeesel

    • 20/Feb/2020 09:23:33

    The 8th Earl, Thomas, is still alive and a most charming man. His book on trees is on the shelves in Easons.

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    derangedlemur

    • 20/Feb/2020 09:49:42

    Lots of lads in flat caps with their backs to him. Is he at a race, perhaps?

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 20/Feb/2020 10:09:07

    Via Trove, some contemporary newspaper cuttings - "The Shy Earl" (1922) - trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/82498836 "Women were like a fire - nice to have in a room, but one was apt to get one's fingers burnt." Marriage (1925) - trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/131451800 His sister, Lady Pansy, marries Australian-born artist a month before in 1928 - trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/67606152

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    John Spooner

    • 20/Feb/2020 11:02:17

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] There was racing at Newbury on 28th September 1928. Nothing in Ireland (not in the newspapers, anyway).

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    suckindeesel

    • 20/Feb/2020 16:57:10

    I wonder who else was in the photo?

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    suckindeesel

    • 20/Feb/2020 18:10:01

    The outline of his hat has been inked in, I wonder what that is on his lapel?

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    suckindeesel

    • 20/Feb/2020 20:30:18

    ‘My brother Frank lives in England and has become a pillar of the British political establishment, but is seen over here as an Irish patriot. I, on the other hand, live here and have given whatever talent I possess to the Irish language, Irish literature, and especially the Irish theatre – to which I’ve devoted my fortune. But I’m still regarded as a West Briton.’ (Cited by Sean MacReamoinn in The Irish Times, Jan. 1994) The suit may have gotten a little tighter with age, he was 24-stone at the time of his death.

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 20/Feb/2020 20:42:42

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/johnspooner "28th"? This is Wednesday the 5th. Perhaps a slip of the quill ...

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    John Spooner

    • 20/Feb/2020 20:54:42

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia D'oh! I should have just stayed in bed today.

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    CASSIDY PHOTOGRAPHY

    • 21/Feb/2020 05:48:26

    Looks like he is wearing an Irish Thornproof. I have one hanging in my closet, though no cuffs.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 21/Feb/2020 06:26:55

    Here he is at thepeerage. He is not Thomas's grandfather, he is his uncle. He died aged 58 without children, and his brother Frank referred to above was 7th Earl and Thomas's father. You can see that his entry is pretty thin compared to Francis, who has a long career as a politician and author.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 21/Feb/2020 09:06:42

    FOGRA We appear to be having difficulty connecting to Library Towers this morning. As soon as the problem has been rectified we will upload todays image! Apologies from the Marys:-(

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    suckindeesel

    • 21/Feb/2020 09:08:14

    His bio on Ricarso www.ricorso.net/rx/az-data/authors/p/Pakenham_E1/life.htm He kept the Gate theatre afloat for many years with money from his own pocket.

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    suckindeesel

    • 21/Feb/2020 09:18:49

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley Frank, his younger brother, was the 'Lord Longford' lampooned in Private Eye as 'Lord Porn'

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    jamica1

    • 21/Feb/2020 23:03:42

    Wonder what's in his pocket?

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 23/Feb/2020 08:25:30

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/jamica1] Toffees? He reminds me of Billy Bunter. In a good way! "One of the most enthusiastic early supporters of the [Gate Theatre] venture was the corpulent old Etonian, Edward Pakenham, Sixth Earl of Longford, himself a playwright. He became Chairman of the theatre in 1930 and helped raised the funds that kept it alive. Longford could often be found patrolling from Parnell Square to O’Connell Street with a collection box actively seeking funds. ... " From - mylesdungan.com/tag/edward-pakenham/

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    Karin Joy Passmore

    • 05/Apr/2020 19:47:31

    His eyes aren't smiling. I think he wasn't ready to be photographed in his work clothes! What is he holding behind his back? That gesture of his arms is straining the suit closure, so the fit looks off.