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Isabel Maude Penrice ('Belle') Le-Poer-Trench (née Bilton), Countess of Clancarty

(1867-1906), Music hall entertainer; wife of 5th Earl of Clancarty; daughter of John George Bilton

Sitter in 34 portraits
In 1889 the music-hall entertainer Belle secretly married Viscount Dunlo, heir to the Earl of Clancarty. Disapproving of his son's actions, the Earl forced his son to leave Belle and travel abroad. Belle was left pregnant and destitute, having ended her career after the wedding. Encouraged by his father, the Viscount filed for divorce in a case that was widely followed by the press. After losing the case he returned to live with Belle. Cut off from his allowance, the pair lived off Belle's earnings from her theatrical work. In 1901 the Viscount succeeded to his father's title as Earl of Clancarty and Belle became Countess of Clancarty.

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Belle Bilton, by and after Alexander Bassano - NPG x152513

Belle Bilton

by and after Alexander Bassano
quarter-plate film copy negative, 1889
NPG x152513

Belle Bilton, by and after Alexander Bassano - NPG x152514

Belle Bilton

by and after Alexander Bassano
quarter-plate film copy negative, 1889
NPG x152514

Belle Bilton as Beauty in 'Beauty and the Beast', by and after Alexander Bassano - NPG x152515

Belle Bilton as Beauty in 'Beauty and the Beast'

by and after Alexander Bassano
quarter-plate film copy negative, 1889
NPG x152515

Belle Bilton as Beauty in 'Beauty and the Beast', by and after Alexander Bassano - NPG x152516

Belle Bilton as Beauty in 'Beauty and the Beast'

by and after Alexander Bassano
quarter-plate film copy negative, 1889
NPG x152516

Belle Bilton, by and after Alexander Bassano - NPG x152517

Belle Bilton

by and after Alexander Bassano
quarter-plate film copy negative, 1889
NPG x152517

Belle Bilton, by and after Alexander Bassano - NPG x152519

Belle Bilton

by and after Alexander Bassano
quarter-plate film copy negative, 1889
NPG x152519

Belle Bilton, by and after Alexander Bassano - NPG x152520

Belle Bilton

by and after Alexander Bassano
quarter-plate film copy negative, 1889
NPG x152520

Belle Bilton, by and after Alexander Bassano - NPG x152523

Belle Bilton

by and after Alexander Bassano
quarter-plate film copy negative, 1889
NPG x152523

Belle Bilton, by and after Alexander Bassano - NPG x152524

Belle Bilton

by and after Alexander Bassano
quarter-plate film copy negative, 1889
NPG x152524

Belle Bilton, copy by Bassano Ltd, after  Alexander Bassano - NPG x34232

Belle Bilton

copy by Bassano Ltd, after Alexander Bassano
half-plate glass negative, 1926 (1889)
NPG x34232

Belle Bilton, copy by Bassano Ltd, after  Alexander Bassano - NPG x34233

Belle Bilton

copy by Bassano Ltd, after Alexander Bassano
half-plate glass negative, 1926 (1889)
NPG x34233

Belle Bilton, by Alexander Bassano - NPG x957

Belle Bilton

by Alexander Bassano
albumen cabinet card, 1889
NPG x957

Belle Bilton, by Alexander Bassano - NPG x958

Belle Bilton

by Alexander Bassano
albumen cabinet card, 1889
NPG x958

Belle Bilton, by Alexander Bassano - NPG x135958

Belle Bilton

by Alexander Bassano
bromide print, 1889
NPG x135958

Belle Bilton, by Alexander Bassano - NPG x138129

Belle Bilton

by Alexander Bassano
bromide print, 1889
NPG x138129

Belle Bilton, by Alexander Bassano - NPG x197248

Belle Bilton

by Alexander Bassano
albumen cabinet card, 1889
NPG x197248

Belle Bilton, by Alexander Bassano - NPG x96533

Belle Bilton

by Alexander Bassano
half-plate glass negative, 1889
NPG x96533

Belle Bilton, by Alexander Bassano - NPG x96534

Belle Bilton

by Alexander Bassano
half-plate glass negative, 1889
NPG x96534

Belle Bilton, by Alexander Bassano - NPG x96535

Belle Bilton

by Alexander Bassano
half-plate glass negative, 1889
NPG x96535

Belle Bilton, by W. & D. Downey, printed by  The Photoglyptic Co - NPG x135959

Belle Bilton

by W. & D. Downey, printed by The Photoglyptic Co
woodburytype carte-de-visite, 1890-1893
NPG x135959

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Lucy Brown

08 January 2017, 16:16

Belle Bilton and her husband lived in Dunloe Lodge in Maiden Head, England. It burnt down in the 1970's and has been abandoned ever since, it is a huge Mansion secluded on the Thames surrounded by an over grown garden.

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