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    Sale 7448

    Old Master and British Pictures

    7 December 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 151

    English School, circa 1620

    Portrait of a gentleman, possibly John Towneley, three-quarter-length, in gold-trimmed black costume, with a ruff, holding a hat, in a sculpted niche

    Price Realised  

    English School, circa 1620
    Portrait of a gentleman, possibly John Towneley, three-quarter-length, in gold-trimmed black costume, with a ruff, holding a hat, in a sculpted niche
    oil on panel
    37 x 28¾ in. (94 x 73 cm.)


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    The Towneley family, one of Lancashire's oldest Catholic families, is first recorded at Towneley Hall, near Burnley, Lancashire, in the late 13th Century and the house remained the family seat until 1902. In the middle ages Towneley Hall was a courtyard house, but its eastern range was demolished in 1700, and the house underwent various waves of rebuilding and alteration under different generations of the family. Towneley Hall is now an Art Gallery and Museum owned by the Burnley Borough Council.

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    Provenance

    By descent at Towneley Hall, Burnley, and by descent to the present owner.


    Pre-Lot Text

    The Property of The Lord O'Hagan