22 September 1997
Allan Ramsay (1713-1784)
Portrait of Henry Hawley, half length in a grey velvet coat, brocade waistcoat and white stock, feigned oval
oil on canvas
29 x 24½in. (73.7 x 62.3cm.)
Anon. Sale; Sotheby's, 11 July 1990, lot 44
This portrait is recorded in 1990 having a label attached to the reverse inscribed 'Henry Hawley elder brother of James Hawley/M.L. He died a Widower without ifsue on y 28th Augt 1756, and is buried at Bloworth Midx.'
The sitter was possibly the grandson of the 1st Lord Hawley, who became a distinguished soldier, fighting campaigns in Europe, at Fontenoy and Detingen, as well as closer to home. After the 1745 Jacobite Rebellion, the Duke of Cumberland made him Commander-in-Chief in Scotland where he was renowned for his brutal behaviour. He died unmarried in 1759, leaving his property, West Green House near Hartley Wintney in Surrey to the son of his housekeeper.
The late Professor Alistaire Smart dated this portrait to circa 1747-8
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