A rare marble portrait bust due to go under the hammer at Bonham’s celebrates Lee Benjamin Guinness, 1st Baronet of Ashford (1798-1868), the first Irish entrepreneur to conquer global markets.
While it was Arthur Guinness who founded the Dublin brewery, his grandson Lee Benjamin made it a household name, worldwide. He joined the business at an early age, and in 1839 took sole control. By 1855 he was the wealthiest man in Ireland...
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