• The Country House Sale - Newto auction at Christies

    Sale 5984

    The Country House Sale - Newton Hall

    20 January 2010, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 264

    CIRCLE OF JOSEPH HIGHMORE (BRITISH, 1692-1780)

    Portrait of William, 4th Baron Widdrington (1677/8-1743), standing three-quarter-length, in a grey velvet coat, at a casement, a view to a landscape beyond

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    CIRCLE OF JOSEPH HIGHMORE (BRITISH, 1692-1780)
    Portrait of William, 4th Baron Widdrington (1677/8-1743), standing three-quarter-length, in a grey velvet coat, at a casement, a view to a landscape beyond
    oil on canvas
    50 x 40½ in. (127 x 103 cm.)


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    In the history of the Widdrington family's long standing Royalist alliance, William, 4th Baron Widdrington (1677/8-1743) had arguably the most dramatic involvement through his participation in the northern force's contribution to the Jacobite rebellion of 1715. For this action he was tried for high treason and sentenced to death in 1716 and granted a reprieve at the eleventh hour, though his involvement ultimately led to the forfeiture of his title and estates. He died at Bath on 19 April 1743 and buried at Nunnington.

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