• Old Master & 19th Century Pain auction at Christies

    Sale 5860

    Old Master & 19th Century Paintings, Drawings & Watercolours

    11 December 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 146

    George Knapton (London 1698-1778)

    Portrait of Robert Knight, Baron Luxborough, later Earl of Catherlough (1702-1772), half-length, in Irish peer's robes, a tricorn under his left arm

    Price Realised  

    George Knapton (London 1698-1778)
    Portrait of Robert Knight, Baron Luxborough, later Earl of Catherlough (1702-1772), half-length, in Irish peer's robes, a tricorn under his left arm
    inscribed 'The Right Hon Robert Lord Luxborough of Shanon in the Kingdom of - - Ireland - GKnapton Fecit AD. 1748/9' (on the reverse of the canvas as recorded by photographs, now covered by relining)
    oil on canvas
    30 x 25 in. (76.3 x 63.5 cm.)
    in a carved and gilded Maratta frame


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    The sitter was the only son of Robert Knight (1675-1744), financier, and his first wife, Martha, née Powell (c.1681-1718). He was educated at Wadham College, Oxford, matriculating on 22 June 1719, and enrolled at the Inner Temple later that same year. His first wife, whom he married on 10 June 1727, was Henrietta St John (1699-1756), daughter of Henry St John, first Viscount St John, and his second wife, Angelica Magdalen Pellisary, and also half-sister to Henry St John, first Viscount Bolingbroke. Upon the death of his father in 1744 he inherited his estate at Luxborough, and was able to use his fortune to secure his elevation to Baron Luxborough on 8 August 1745. On 18 June 1756, he married for a second time, to Mary (d. 1795), the widow of Sir John Le Quesne (d. 1741), an alderman of London. In May 1763 he rose yet again in the peerage, taking the title of Earl of Catherlough. He died on 30 March 1772, leaving a wife and four children, the eldest of which, Robert, inherited the bulk of his estate.

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    Provenance

    with Leggatt Brothers, London (according to a label on the reverse).