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    Sale 12307

    Old Master and British Paintings

    2 November 2016, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 83

    Follower of Daniel Mytens

    Portrait of Robert Bertie (1582-1642), 1st Earl of Lindsey, full-length, in a black doublet, wearing the blue ribbon and Order of the Lesser George, holding his want of office

    Estimate

    Follower of Daniel Mytens
    Portrait of Robert Bertie (1582-1642), 1st Earl of Lindsey, full-length, in a black doublet, wearing the blue ribbon and Order of the Lesser George, holding his want of office
    with identifying inscription 'Robert Earl of LINDSEY Ld Great Chamberlain / of England Ld High Constable; and Ld High / Admiral and Commander in chief of King / CHARLES'S forces. Slain at the Battle / of Edgehall. 1642.' (lower left) and inscribed with the sitter's coat of arms and the motto of the Order of the Garter 'HONI.SOIT.QUI.MAL.Y.PENSE' (upper left)
    oil on canvas
    80 5/8 x 44 ¼ in. (204.8 x 112.3 cm.)
    in a gilt and composition pounced frame


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    The sitter was the eldest son of Peregrine Bertie, 13th Lord Willoughby de Eresby (see lots 80 and 81) and Mary de Vere. He married Elizabeth Montagu, daughter of Edward Montagu of Boughton, a wealthy Northamptonshire landowner. Lindsey was a naval officer and Royalist army officer, and was appointed lieutenant-general during the English Civil War. However, when the Royalist army encountered their parliamentarian opponent at Edgehill on 23 October 1642 the King turned to his nephew Prince Rupert of the Rhine, who was only 23 years old, for advice and completely disregarded Lindsey. Stripped of his command and dissatisfied with the army’s disposition he stepped down and joined his regiment. He led his men into battle on foot and took a fatal shot in the thigh.

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    Provenance

    By descent from the Hon. Charles Bertie (c.1640-1711), of Uffington House, through his great grandson Albemarle, 9th Earl of Lindsey (1744-1818) to his great granddaughter, Lady Muriel Barclay-Harvey (1893-1980).