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    Sale 5745

    The Country House Sale: Pomfret House and Tetworth Hall

    5 November 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 438


    Price Realised  


    The Cottesmore at Withcote
    signed dated and inscribed 'Lionel Edwards/Cottesmore/58' (lower right), and with inscription 'Withcote - Cottesmore/Lionel Edwards' (on the reverse of the frame)
    pencil and watercolour heightened with white
    11½ x 18½ in. (29 x 47 cm.)

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    The Cottesmore Hunt is said to date back as far as 1666 when Henry, Viscount Lowther made the journey from Lowther Castle in Westmorland to Finshade Abbey in East Northamptonshire with his own pack of hounds.
    At the time of this watercolour by Edwards, the Master of the Cottesmore changed hands from two Colonels to a Major Robert Hoare from West Norfolk. Known for his geniality and sense of fun, Hoare was a prolific fundraiser and supporter of the British Field Sports Society right up until his death in 1976.
    The present watercolour shows the Master of the Cottesmore at Withcote in Leicestershire, with the roof of Withcote Hall just visible beyond the crest of the hill.

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    with Oscar and Peter Johnson Ltd., London, 1964.