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    Sale 5430

    Old Master & British Pictures

    23 April 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 36

    Sir Peter Lely (Soest 1618-1680 London)

    Portrait of Sir Francis Popham of Littlecote, half-length, in a buff coat and armoured breastplate with red sash

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    Sir Peter Lely (Soest 1618-1680 London)
    Portrait of Sir Francis Popham of Littlecote, half-length, in a buff coat and armoured breastplate with red sash
    oil on canvas
    30 x 24 7/8 in. (76.2 x 63.3 cm.)


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    Sir Francis Popham (1646-74), was the eldest son of Alexander Popham (1604/5-69), the distinguished politician and parliamentarian army officer and his second wife, Letitia, daughter of William Kerr of Linton, Roxburgh. Francis was educated at Christ Church, Oxford and travelled abroad in 1663. He married Helena, daughter of Hugh Rogers of Cannington, Somerset. He was created a Knight of the Bath on 23 April 1661 at the time of King Charles II's coronation and succeeded his father to the family estates in 1669. He was M.P. for Bath, 1669-74 and colonel of a militia of horse in Wiltshire.













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    Provenance

    The Rt. Hon. Lord St. Audries, Williton, Somerset; Christie's, London, 8 April 1925, lot 25 (9 gns. to Glen.)
    The University Club of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania until 2004.