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    Sale 5311

    Old Master & British Pictures & Old Master Drawings

    5 December 2007, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 121

    GODFREY KNELLER (1646-1723)

    PORTRAIT OF SIR THOMAS PELHAM OF LAUGHTON, 1ST BT. (1653-1756), BUST-LENGTH, IN A GREY COAT, IN A FEIGNED OVAL

    Price Realised  

    GODFREY KNELLER (1646-1723)
    PORTRAIT OF SIR THOMAS PELHAM OF LAUGHTON, 1ST BT. (1653-1756), BUST-LENGTH, IN A GREY COAT, IN A FEIGNED OVAL
    SIGNED WITH MONOGRAM 'GK' (LOWER LEFT)
    OIL ON CANVAS
    30 X 25 IN. (76.2 X 63.5 CM.)


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    SIR THOMAS PELHAM, 1ST BARON PELHAM, WAS BORN AT HALLAND PLACE, LAUGHTON, SUSSEX, THE ELDEST SON OF SIR JOHN PELHAM, 3RD BT. OF HALLAND (C.1623-1703), AND HIS WIFE, LADY LUCY (D. 1685), (SEE LOT 113), SECOND DAUGHTER OF ROBERT SIDNEY, 2ND EARL OF LEICESTER. HE ATTENDED TONBRIDGE GRAMMAR SCHOOL, AND BY 1670 HAD ENTERED CHRIST CHURCH, OXFORD.
    HE WAS ELECTED M.P. FOR EAST GRINSTEAD, SUSSEX, IN 1678, AND IN 1679 M.P. FOR LEWES, WHICH HE HELD UNTIL JULY 1702, WHEN HE CHOSE TO SIT FOR SUSSEX. IN 1680 PELHAM MARRIED ELIZABETH (C.1664-1681), DAUGHTER OF THE WHIG POLITICIAN SIR WILLIAM JONES OF RAMSBURY, WILTSHIRE, AND IN THE SHORT TIME BEFORE HER DEATH, HAD TWO DAUGHTERS. IN 1686 PELHAM RE-MARRIED LADY GRACE (C.1668-1700), DAUGHTER OF GILBERT HOLLES, 3RD EARL OF CLARE. THEY HAD TWO SONS, THOMAS PELHAM HOLLES, DUKE OF NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE AND NEWCASTLE UNDER LYME (SEE LOT 123), AND HENRY PELHAM (SEE LOT 117), AND SIX DAUGHTERS.
    PELHAM WAS THREE TIMES A LORD COMMISSIONER OF THE TREASURY, IN 1690-1692, 1697-1699, AND 1701-1702. HE SUCCEEDED HIS FATHER AS FOURTH BARONET IN JANUARY 1703, BUT IN 1706 WAS CREATED 1ST BARON PELHAM OF LAUGHTON. HE DIED AT HALLAND PLACE, SUSSEX, IN 1712 AND WAS BURIED IN LAUGHTON PARISH CHURCH.

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