Sir William Earle Welby, 2nd Bt. (1768-1852) and his wife Wilhelmina (d.1847) and then by descent.
WORKS OF ART FROM THE COLLECTION OF GREGORY DE LIGNE GREGORY AND SIR GLYNNE EARLE WELBY-GREGORY BT. (LOTS X -X)
Many of the silver lots offered here were collected by Gregory de Ligne Gregory, a cosmopolitan and wealthy Lincolnshire landowner, for his ‘Jacobethan’ or ‘Old English’ style mansion, Harlaxton Manor, Lincolnshire. His lifetime ambition was to construct a splendid ‘palace’ to rival nearby Belvoir Castle, collecting pieces for their superior quality. Upon Gregory’s death in 1854, he bequeathed his collection to his friend and neighbour Sir Glynne Earle Welby (later Welby-Gregory) 3rd Bt. (d. 1875), and the collection of silver for Harlaxtan merged with that of the Welby family.