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John Arthur Douglas Bloomfield, 2nd Baron Bloomfield

Photo credit: National Portrait Gallery, London

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At the young age of sixteen, Bloomfield was appointed as an attaché to Vienna; throughout his life he remained in the diplomatic service. He served as an attaché at Lisbon, Secretary of Legation at Stuttgart, and Secretary of the Embassy at St Petersburg. In 1844, he was promoted to Envoy at St Petersburg and served in the same capacity at Berlin from 1851 before reaching his highest post as Ambassador to Vienna in 1860.
In 1846, he had inherited his father's barony in the Irish Peerage; he was again created Baron Bloomfield on his retirement in 1871, this time in the Peerage of the United Kingdom, enabling him to take up a seat in the House of Lords.

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oil on canvas


H 75.6 x W 63.8 cm

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Bequeathed by Georgiana Bloomfield, 1905

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