• The Country House Sale - Newto auction at Christies

    Sale 5984

    The Country House Sale - Newton Hall

    20 January 2010, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 38

    THOMAS KIRKBY (BRITISH, CIRCA 1838)

    Portrait of General Peter Heron (1770-1849) of Moor Hall, Cheshire, seated-half-length, in a dark coat and striped waistcoat, in a red leather armchair

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    THOMAS KIRKBY (BRITISH, CIRCA 1838)
    Portrait of General Peter Heron (1770-1849) of Moor Hall, Cheshire, seated-half-length, in a dark coat and striped waistcoat, in a red leather armchair
    signed inscribed and dated 'Painted by Thos: Kirkby./1838' (on the reverse)
    oil on canvas
    36¼ x 28 in. (92 x 71 cm.)


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    General Peter Heron (1770-1849) of Moor Hall, Cheshire commenced his military career as an Ensign in the 11th Foot in 1790 and obtained a Lieutenancy in 1793. In 1794 he received a company of the 90th Foot, and later the same year a Majority and a Lieutenant Colonelcy in the same regiment. In 1800 he received the brevet of Colonel and that of Brigadier General. In 1808 he was promoted to Major General and that of Lieutenant General in 1813. He served variously at Gibraltar and in Sicily.

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    Provenance

    General Peter Heron (1770-1849) of Moor Hall, Cheshire, and by descent to his wife's great-niece, Cecilia Widdrington (née Gregge-Hopwood) who married Shalcross Fitzherbert Widdrington in 1864.


    Literature

    Inventory and Valuation of the contents of Newton Hall, Felton, Morpeth, Northumberland, The Property of Brigadier General B. F. Widdrington, C.M.G., D.S.O., 1925, p. 125.