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SOLD....Portrait of Elizabeth Brodie Stewart, Mrs. Westmacott c.1819; by Thomas Phillips R.A.
Oil on canvas in ornate 19th c. frame.

This charming portrait of Elizabeth Stewart (Stuart) was painted in 1819 when she was 32 and married to Henry Westmacott. They were married on the 1st of May 1810 in St. George's, Hanover Square, London. Their union produced nine children.

Elizabeth was born on the 1st of October 1787 in Montrose, Scotland. Her father, Thomas, was the Town Clerk of Montrose and her mother, Elizabeth Guise had been born in Gibraltar in 1755.

Henry Westmacott was born on the 13th of October 1784 in Hanover Square, London. The Westmacott family were leading sculptors of funerary monuments in the 18th and 19th centuries and also specialised in carved chimney pieces and other forms of architectural sculpture.
Henry produced work at a young age, carving a marble monument to Henry Roberts at Swanscombe, Kent in 1796 when he was 12.
Thereafter he produced nearly 50 church monuments. Between 1806 and 1810 he did work in connection with John Flaxman's marble monument to Horatio, Admiral Viscount Nelson at St. Paul's Cathedral, London.
Henry died in 1861 aged 77.

The National Portrait Gallery has Thomas Phillip's sitter's book in which this portrait and that of her brother Captain Stewart are included (also on this website).

THOMAS PHILLIPS R.A. (1770-1845) was a leading English portrait painter. He painted many of the important and wealthy of the day including scientists, artists, writers, poets and explorers.
He was elected ARA 1804, RA in 1808, becoming Royal Academy Professor of Painting in 1825.
Phillips was a contemporary of Lawrence and offered a more subdued style based on his study of Old Masters. "His best works are full of character and show him to be in the top rank of portrait painters" (The Dictionary of Portrait Painters in Britain up to 1920.)

SIZE: 40.5 x 35.75 inches inc. frame
30 x 25 inches canvas size.
PROVENANCE: By family descent.
Deceased Estate, Dorset.
VERSO: Three handwritten labels including one tracing Elizabeth's descendants to the present day.

Ref: 8629
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SOLD....Portrait of Elizabeth Felton, Lady Hervey, c.1705; by Michael Dahl
Oil on canvas in period carved and giltwood frame.

The sitter in this portrait has traditionally been identified as “Lady Hervey”. It seems most likely that the sitter is Elizabeth Felton, second wife of John, 1st Earl of Bristol, whom Dahl is known to have painted through an engraving by John Simon (National Portrait Gallery).
The similarities in likeness between the engraving and the present picture are compelling.

ELIZABETH FELTON (1676-1741) was the daughter of Sir Thomas Felton, 4th Bt. and Lady Elizabeth Howard. Her home was Playford Hall, Suffolk (see image 5) and her father was Master of the Household to Queen Anne.
She married John Hervey, 1st Earl of Bristol, son of Sir Thomas Hervey and Isabella May, on 25 July 1695 at Boxted Hall, Suffolk, England.
She held the office of Lady of the Bedchamber to Queen Caroline. As a result of her marriage, Elizabeth Felton became Baroness Hervey of Ickworth on 23 March 1702/3, then Countess of Bristol on 19 October 1714.
Elizabeth was noted for her vivacity and love of pleasure and of play.
Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, a close friend, wrote that "the Countess has come out a new creature... is grown young, blooming, coquette and gallant, and to show she is fully sensible of the errors of her past life, and resolved to make up for time misspent, she has two lovers at a time."
She had 17 children of whom 10 died very young.

She died on 1 May 1741 at St. James's Park, St. James's, London, England. She was buried at Ickworth, Suffolk, England.

MICHAEL DAHL (1659-1743) was born in Stockholm; after studying in Paris, Rome and Frankfurt he settled in London in 1689. He soon became the best patronised portrait painter in England after Kneller. He was much employed at the Court painting many portraits; a great patron of the 1690s was the Duke of Somerset, for whom he painted the series of portraits of Court ladies known as the 'Petworth Beauties'.

His style is extremely close to Kneller but his interpretation of character is less brash and more human. He has a quieter but somehow more understanding appeal to character which relies on its own integrity to make its impact; his works are of a real distinction.
This painting is a fine example of Dahl's sensitive portraiture and is of considerable charm.
It is illustrated on thePeerage.com in the entry on Lady Hervey.

SIZE:36.5 x 31.5 inches inc. frame.
*Sir David Erskine Bt. (1792-1841) of Cambo, Fife. Inscribed on the canvas verso.
*With Philip Mould (Historical Portraits), Mayfair, London.
NOTE:The Erskine Baronetcy, of Cambo in the County of Fife, was created in the Baronetage of the United Kingdom on 27 August 1821 for David Erskine. He was the natural grandson of Thomas Erskine, 9th Earl of Kellie.
Ref: 8613
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SOLD....Portrait of Elizabeth Moyra Goff 1902, by Mary Lemon Waller.
Oil on canvas in carved and giltwood Lely style frame.

This beautiful portrait of Moyra Goff, aged 5, has immense charm and is of great quality, possibly the most appealing portrait painted by the talented child portraitist Mary Lemon Waller.
Signed and dated 1902 bottom right.
Moyra's clothes are of late Georgian style and in the presentation of the sitter a clear acknowledgement is made to the famous 18th c. artist Sir Joshua Reynold's portraits of children.

ELIZABETH MOYRA GOFF (1897-1990) was the daughter of Major T.C.E. Goff and Lady Cecile Goff; she had a brother, Thomas Robert Charles Goff O.B.E. (born 1898). The Goffs were descended from William the Conqueror and King William IV was Moyra's great-grandfather on the Goff side: Lady Cecile's maiden name was Heathcote-Drummond-Willoughby of the family of the Earls of Ancaster.
Lady Cecile wrote a book 'A Woman of the Tudor Age' about her ancestress Catherine Willoughby Brandon, Duchess of Suffolk (1519-1580). The Goff's home was an early Georgian house, The Courts, Holt, near Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire; now a National Trust property famous for its garden.
A fine garden was first laid out by the architect Colonel Sir George Hastings in the early 1900s; this scheme was elaborated on by Lady Cecile 20 years later, after WW I. It was she who paved the paths and terraces with ancient slabs collected when Devizes gaol was demolished. Her daughter Moyra planted the arboretum in 1952 in an area that had previously been pasture.
Major Goff had given The Courts to The National Trust in 1943; he died in 1949. Moyra was the life tenant until her death in 1990. She continued driving her treasured AC Cobra even when she was in her eighties...Moyra in her open two seater, immensely powerful and loud with a 7.5 litre V8 engine, were a familiar sight (and sound!) in Holt. (The last photograph shows The Courts nowadays).

MARY LEMON WALLER (1851-1931), painting from 1871 to 1916, nee Fowler; member of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters. Born Bideford, daughter of Rev. Hugh Fowler. Studied at Gloucester Art School and Royal Academy Schools. She specialised in portraits of children. Her maiden name was Mary Lemon Fowler and she painted under this name before marrying Samuel Edmund Waller, the genre and animal painter.
Before marriage she is recorded as living in Gloucester. She later moved to 26, Circus Road, St. John’s Wood and it was during this time she probably met her husband. Later in 1881 they are both recorded as living at 58, Circus Road. She was made a Member of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters in 1925 and exhibited sixty works there.

EXHIBITED:- 1877-1929 60 Royal Society of Portrait Painters 46 Royal Academy 13 Society of Women Artists 11 Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool 5 Royal Institute of Oil Painters 2 Dudley Gallery and New Gallery 2 Grosvenor Gallery 1 Manchester City Art Gallery 1 Royal Society of Painter-Etchers and Engravers 1 Royal Scottish Academy

SIZE: 52.5 x 40.75 inches inc. frame. Verso: handwritten 'Estimate for Major Goff of Holt'. Old label, 'Geo.W. Rodney. Carver, Gilder & Picture Frame Maker. Picture Cleaned, Lined & Restored. 1652, Campden Hill Road.'

PROVENANCE: Major and Lady Cecile Goff of The Courts; by descent to Elizabeth Moyra Goff; by gift to Moyra's god-daughter.

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Ref: 8529
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SOLD....Portrait of Elizabeth Seymour, Duchess of Somerset (?) c.1710: Circle of Dahl.
Oil on canvas in late 19th/early 20th c. giltwood frame of appropriate type.

The sitter is thought to be the Duchess of Somerset; c.f. the 1710 full length by Michael Dahl sold by Christie's 5-6 September 1985 Lot 708, from Castle Howard. Illustrated on page 260 of the National Portrait Gallery publication 'Later Stuart Portraits' by John Ingamells.

ElLIZABETH, Duchess of Somerset (26 January 1667 – 24 November 1722), a major heiress, was born Lady Elizabeth Percy, the only surviving child of the 11th Earl of Northumberland and deemed Baroness Percy in her own right. She carried the earldom of Northumberland to her son Algernon. Lady Elizabeth was one of the closest personal friends of Queen Anne.

She married firstly, Henry Cavendish, Earl of Ogle, the heir of the 2nd Duke of Newcastle on 27 March 1679, but he died the following year.

She married secondly, Thomas Thynne, "Tom of Ten Thousand" due to his great wealth, a relative of the 1st Viscount Weymouth, on 15 November 1681, but he was murdered the following February by Swedish Count Karl Johann von Königsmark using a gang after gossip said her marriage was unhappy and Königsmark began to pursue her.

Five months after the death of Thomas Thynne she married on 30 May 1682 Charles Seymour, 6th Duke of Somerset, known as "The Proud Duke", and so became Duchess of Somerset. She brought him immense estates, including Alnwick Castle, Petworth House, Syon House and Northumberland House in London.
She was Mistress of the Robes to Queen Anne from 1710 to 1714.

Lady Elizabeth had four children:
Algernon Seymour, 7th Duke of Somerset (11 November 1684 – 7 February 1749)
Lady Elizabeth Seymour (1685 – 2 April 1734)
Lady Catherine Seymour (1693 – 9 April 1731)
Lady Anne Seymour (1709 – 27 November 1722)

MICHAEL DAHL (1659 - 1743).
Dahl was a painter of exceptional talent and regarded as the only really serious rival to Sir Godfrey Kneller, for royal patronage, during the years 1690-1714. Dahl's patterns were undoubtedly indebted to the fashion set by Kneller, but Dahl had a lighter palette, his brushwork applied in shorter and more careful strokes.
His self portrait hangs in the National Portrait Gallery and he is famed for having painted a series of wonderful female portraits for the Duke of Somerset, now at Petworth House, and known as the Petworth Beauties.
Dahl's portraits of members of the royal family hang at Kensington Palace and Windsor and other examples of his work can be found at the Tate and National Maritime Museum, Greenwich.

SIZE: 57 x 48 inches inc. frame.
* Private Collection, Sussex.
* Collection of a Fellow of a Cambridge college.

Ref: 8712
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SOLD....Portrait of Elizabeth Thorold, later Lady Widdrington; Circle of Sir Peter Lely.
17th century oil on canvas in a superb quality 18th century carved and giltwood frame; this is a work of art in its own right, the decoration exquisitely carved from wood.

The sitter holds a sprig of jasmine, which also comes through the stone aperture to her left; in the language of flowers white jasmine signifies an amiable nature and is famous for its heady, intoxicating scent.

Elizabeth Thorold (pronounced 'Thurrald') was the daughter of Sir Anthony Thorold of Marston and Blankney, High Sheriff of Lincolnshire in 1617 and his wife Elizabeth Molyneux of Haughton, Nottinghamshire.
The Thorolds were an ancient family of considerable standing with large estates. The Thorold Baronetcy of Marston was created on 24 August 1642 for William Thorold who fought for the Royalist cause in the Civil War.

As sole heir of Sir Anthony, Elizabeth was extremely wealthy and a very desirable marriage prospect.
She married Sir William Widdrington, 1st Baron Widdrington, and bore him eight children.

SIR PETER LELY (1618 - 1680) was the most important portraitist in the reign of Charles ll, although he had painted portraits throughout the Commonwealth. Principal Painter to the King, he painted everyone of importance, maintaining a busy and active Studio to help with the huge demand for his portraits. Members of his Circle, many of them talented artists in their own right, emulated his style to supply this constant market.

SIZE: 47.5 x 38 inches canvas.
57.5 x 48 inches inc. frame
by descent in the Thorold family to John Thorold.
Removed from Syston Hall, nr. Grantham (demolished in 1923), one of the seats of the Thorolds.
VERSO: Old handwritten label - "Sir P. Lely, Painter.
Elizabeth Thorold, First Lady Widdrington. No. 3 Gallery".
A further inscription is on a gilt plaque attached to the frame: "Elizabeth Thorold daughter of Sir Anthony Thorold Knt. of Marston and Blankney. High Sheriff of Lincolnshire 1617; by Sir Peter Lely"
Ref: 8451a
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SOLD....Portrait of Elizabeth, Lady Narborough, later Lady Shovell, c.1678, by Simon Pietersz. Verelst
Oil on canvas in black and gilt ogee frame.

This portrait of Lady Narborough is absolutely typical of Verelst's work. One of five artists of the same family, Simon Pietersz. was best known as a hugely successful flower painter, only occasionally painting portraits.
Always using the same stylised technique, his sitters have a rather doll-like quality; perhaps his best known portrait is of the famous actress and courtesan Nell Gwynn, who was a chief patron.

ELIZABETH, LADY NARBOROUGH, later Lady Shovell, (1658-1732). Born Elizabeth Hill, daughter of John Hilll, Commissioner of the Navy, she married Rear Admiral Sir John Narborough, 1st Baronet RN (c. 1640 – 1688). He was an English naval commander who served with distinction during the Anglo-Dutch Wars and against the Barbary Coast pirates. They had two sons, Sir John Narborough, 2nd Baronet, and James Narborough who both entered naval careers and died, aged 23 and 22, in the sinking of HMS Association in 1707.

After her husband's death Elizabeth married, in March 1697, Sir Cloudesley Shovell , who had served under Narborough. They had two daughters.
Rear Admiral Shovell was a fine officer, but is now remembered mainly for the terrible tragedy of October 1707. His flagship, the Association, with Romney and Eagle, were swept onto the Bishop and Clerk rocks off the Scilly Isles, by strong westerly winds, and wrecked.
The weather was not good and the fleet had not been able to get good readings for their position and for this reason, Shovell thought they were further eastward than they actually were.
Of the 1315 men in these three ships, there was only one survivor, the Quartermaster of the Romney.
It is said the the Admiral was still alive when he reached shore, but was murdered by a local woman who smothered him in the sand, as he lay semi-conscious on the beach. A large emerald ring which he wore was missing when his body was discovered and it is assumed that it was for possession of this that he was murdered.

SIMON PIETERSZ. VERELST (1644-c.1721). Born at The Hague where his father was a portrait painter. He joined the Guild of St.Luke in 1666. He came to England in 1669 and was the first of his family to do so. Already known as a flower painter, he was encouraged by the Duke of Buckingham to paint portraits.
He became eccentric and conceited and took to calling himself the 'God of Flowers' and 'King of Painters'. Eventually he went completely mad and died in London between 1710 and c.1721.

SIZE: 35 x 30 inches inc. frame.
PROVENANCE: : Hinwick House, Bedfordshire.
(Image 4 shows Hinwick House.)
VERSO: old label for the noted company "Chapman Bros (Chelsea) Ltd. Picture Restorers, carvers, Gilders. 341 King's road, Chelsea. No.740."
Ref: 8577
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SOLD....Portrait of Frances Lambert, Lady Middleton c.1690; Attributed Sir Godfrey Kneller.
Oil on canvas in modern gilt frame.

A good quality portrait of the Court beauty Frances, Lady Middleton (c.1666-1694).
A smaller version of this portrait is in the National Portrait Gallery Primary Collection (NPG 1761a. Given by Lord Weardale 1915).

Frances Lambert was the daughter of John Lambert of Calton Hall, Calton, Yorkshire; she was the Lambert heiress, grand-daughter of Major-General John Lambert, the famous Civil War general. Frances was named after her grandmother.
She married Sir John Middleton, 2nd Baronet, of Belsay Castle, Northumberland and thus the Lambert estates passed to the Middletons.

Frances wears an 'undress' robe with no jewellery; she is depicted standing in a landscape and holds a rod which is probably a shepherd's crook. The reference is to the mythical realm of Arcady or Arcadia; a fashionable conceit of the time..a land where Love ruled and attractive young people wandered around a tamed landscape tending their perfectly groomed sheep... when they weren't writing poetry or playing flutes.
Almost every lady of fashion was depicted as a shepherdess during this period.

SIR GODFREY KNELLER (1646-1723) was the most distinguished painter of baroque portraits in England.
Born in Lubeck, he trained with Bol and Rembrandt, coming to London in 1676.
By 1679 he had painted the King and remained the most famous and successful portrait painter in England until his death.
In 1688 he was made Principal Painter to the King and was knighted in 1692 and a made a baronet in 1715.
His style had a profound influence on British portraiture and a large number of artists, some very talented in their own right, emulated his fashionable style.

SIZE: 42 x 35.5 inches inc. frame

PROVENANCE: Private Collection, Nottinghamshire.
Ref: 8461
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SOLD....Portrait of George Edward Russell by George Watson.
Oil on canvas in period giltwood frame, bearing the collection number '18' and names of sitter and artist.

A charming image of the young George Russell, standing by a column, a landscape behind him, and holding a battledore and shuttlecock.

GEORGE EDWARD RUSSELL (1786-1863) was a son of Claude Russell and worked in India for the East India Company. He was in India for 33 years and was, for a time, acting Governor of Madras.
He married Caroline, daughter of Major General George Bowness and the union produced a daughter, also Caroline, who married Captain James Maxstone of the East India Company army in 1851.

Maxstone was born in 1819 and succeeded to the title of 13th Laird of Cultoquhey in 1846. In 1859 he inherited the estate of Redgorton from his uncle Robert Graham thus becoming also the 6th Laird of Redgorton. He adopted the additional name and arms of Graham.

George Russell died at his home in Wiltshire in i853 aged 74.

GEORGE WATSON (1767-1837) was a Scottish portrait painter and first president of the Royal Scottish Academy.
Watson was born at his father's estate, Overmains, Berwickshire, in 1767, the son of John Watson and Frances Veitch of Elliott. He received his early education in Edinburgh, and got some instruction in painting from Alexander Nasmyth but when 18 years of age he went to London with an introduction to Sir Joshua Reynolds, who received him as a pupil. After two years spent in Sir Joshua's studio, he returned to Edinburgh, and established himself as a portrait-painter.

He exhibited frequently at the Royal Academy and the British Institution, and about 1815 was invited to London to paint a number of portraits, including those of the dean of Canterbury and Benjamin West. In 1820, in spite of much opposition from the Royal Institution, the Scottish Academy was founded, and Watson, who had been president of the previous society, was elected to the same office in the new one, the ultimate success of which was largely due to his tact and ability. He continued as president until his death, the academy receiving its royal charter a few months afterwards.

Shortly after his return from his first visit to London he married Rebecca, daughter of William Smellie, printer and naturalist, who, with five children, survived him.

Watson died in Edinburgh on 24 August 1837.
(He was a relative of Sir John Watson Gordon, portrait painter, who had added the Gordon to his name to distinguish himself from other painter members of the Watson family.)

SIZE: canvas 30 x 25 inches
Framed size: 35 .25 x 30.26 inches.
PROVENANCE: Berkshire Private Collection.
Verso: 1970's auction catalogue entry.
Ref: 8652
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SOLD....Portrait of Grace, Lady Hunsdon c. 1717, by Michael Dahl.
Oil on canvas in good carved and giltwood period frame.

Grace Waldo was born c.1683, she was the daughter of Sir Edward Waldo and Elizabeth Shuckborough. She married, firstly, Sir Nicholas Wolstenholme of Enfield, Middlesex before 1717. She married, secondly, William Ferdinand Carey, 8th Baron Hunsdon of Hunsdon, son of William Carey and Gerrude van Outshoorn, on the 11th of January 1717/18 at St. James's, Westminster, London. Her portrait was probably painted at this time.

As a girl Grace had lived at Pinner Hill in Middlesex and in 1728, at her own expense, she had the Hunsdon Bridge over the River Pinn rebuilt. A tablet on the bridge is inscribed "This Bridge was rebuilt from the Foundations att the Voluntary and sole cost of the R Honble Grace, Lady Hunsden in the Month of Sept. Ano Dni 1728".(sic)

She died on the 9th of May 1729 and was buried at All Saints, Hutton Rudby, Yorkshire, an estate owned by the Careys.
There were no children; Lord Hunsdon died on 12th June 1765, aged 81.

The Careys had royal blood in their veins; Henry Carey, 1st Baron Hunsden, Knight of the Garter, was the illigitimate son of King Henry VIII by his mistress Lady Mary Carey.
The Barony of Hunsdon became extinct as did the illigitimate male line of Henry VIII.

This portrait is typical of the work of Swedish born artist MICHAEL DAHL (1659 - 1743).
Dahl was a painter of exceptional talent and regarded as the only really serious rival to Sir Godfrey Kneller, for royal patronage, during the years 1690-1714. Dahl's patterns were undoubtedly indebted to the fashion set by Kneller, but Dahl had a lighter palette, his brushwork applied in shorter and more careful strokes.
His style is extremely close to Kneller but his interpretation of character is less brash and more human. He has a quieter but somehow more understanding appeal to character which relies on its own integrity to make its impact; his works are of a real distinction.
His self portrait hangs in the National Portrait Gallery and he is famed for having painted a series of wonderful female portraits for the Duke of Somerset, now at Petworth House, and known as the Petworth Beauties.
Dahl's portraits of members of the royal family hang at Kensington Palace and Windsor.

SIZE: 38 x 32.5 inches inc. frame
*18th or early 19th c inscription verso:" The Right Honble Lady Hunsdon, youngest daughter of Sir Edward Waldo Knt and wife to Lord Hunsdon".
*With Frost and Reed of Clare Street, Bristol and New Bond Street, London, old label verso with handwritten owner's name "J.S. Hobhouse".
Ref: 8580
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SOLD....Portrait of Henri de la Tour d'Auvergne, Vicomte de Turenne c.1670; Attributed to Claude Lefevre
Oil on canvas in good quality 17th century carved and giltwood frame.
A fine portrait with a real sense of understanding of character to the sitter, and exquisite detailing to the beautiful lace and gilded decoration to the armour, which depicts symbols from Turenne's coat of arms...the tower and blazon of Auvergne and the lilies of France.
Turenne wears the Bourbon white silk sash of command tied in a huge bow on his right shoulder.

A print version of this portrait was created by the famous engraver Robert Nanteuil (1623 or 1630 – 1678).

HENRI DE LA TOUR D'AUVERGNE, Vicomte de Turenne, often called simply Turenne (11 September 1611, Sedan, Ardennes – 27 July 1675) was the most illustrious member of the La Tour d'Auvergne family. He achieved military fame and became a Marshal of France. He was one of six marshals who have been made Marshal General of France.

His father, the Duke of Bouillon and Viscount de Turenne, was an ardent French Protestant, a scholar, and diplomat with close ties to the French royal court. He gained possession of an independent duchy called Sedan, near Verdun, from an advantageous first marriage. In 1602, widowed a year, the Duke married Elizabeth of Nassau, the intelligent, strongwilled daughter of an eminent Dutch prince. Turenne was the second son of this union.

Turenne was one of the most celebrated war heroes of French history in its pre-Napoleonic era. Of noble birth, he rejected much of the trappings of his station in life for the hardships of the battlefield. His courage under fire and the loyalty he inspired among his troops, helped France in several decisive military engagements during the era of Louis XIV.
On July 27, 1675, Turenne died at Sassbach against the armies of the Holy Roman Empire. Cannon shot felled him while astride his horse on a reconnaissance ride.
His body, taken to St Denis, was buried with the kings of France. Even the extreme revolutionaries of 1793 respected it, and, while they ignominiously reburied the bodies of the monarchs in a mass grave, they preserved the remains of Turenne at the Jardin des Plantes until 22 September 1800, when Napoleon had them removed to the church of the Invalides at Paris, where they still rest.
Napoleon recommended all soldiers to "read and re-read" the campaigns of Turenne as one of the great captains. His fame as a general rivalled that of any other in Europe at a period when the populace studied war more critically than ever before, for his military character epitomized the art of war of his time (Prince de Ligne). Strategic caution and logistic accuracy, combined with brilliant dash in small combats and constancy under all circumstances - of success or failure - perhaps emerge as the salient points of Turenne's genius for war.

(Our thanks to Loys de Colbert for his assistance).

CLAUDE LEFEVRE (LEFEBRE) (1633 - 25 April 1675) was a French painter and engraver.
Lefebvre was born at Fontainebleau. He studied art under Eustache Le Sueur (1617–1655) and Charles Le Brun (1619–1690) at Fontainebleau.

Lefebvre soon established himself as a leading portrait artist, and in 1663, at the age of thirty, he became a member of the Académie Royale de peinture et de sculpture. Some years later, Lefebvre visited London and was invited to paint at the Court of King Charles II of England. His work is included in major collections such as the National Portrait Gallery, London, and the Louvre. He died in Paris.

He was the master of François de Troy.

SIZE: 34.25 x 27.25 inches inc. frame.
PROVENANCE: by descent in a Dorset family from at least the 19th century.
Verso: inscription on the old lining "LE FEVEVRE"
Ref: 8554
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