Fairfax Jewel & Bust of Charles II by Various artists

Seaton Delaval Hall has been owned by the Delaval and Astley families since the time of the Norman Conquest and has recently been saved for the nation by the National Trust.


Details

Medium:
1) enamel, gilt, leather case; 2) marble
Dimensions:
1) 15 x 20 cm; 2) life size on a 101 cm socle
Art Fund grant:
£100,000 ( Total: £119,000; Tax remission)
Acquired in:
2009
Vendor:
Private vendor

These two works shed light on the history of the hall and demonstrate the strength of the links between the Delavals and the royal family. The Fairfax jewel was presented to Sir Thomas Fairfax by Parliament on his victory at Naseby and illustrates aspects of Huguenot artistry, Civil War politics, the antiquarian taste of Horace Walpole and the Astley family's interest in their own heritage. The bust of Charles II was a gift from the king himself to the Astley family as a reward for their support during the Civil War .

Provenance

1) Sir Thomas Fairfax; John Thoresby; Horace Walpole, 1764; John P Bevan; Astley family after 1841; then by descent to Lord Hastings. 2) Astley family by descent to Lord Hastings.

Venue details

Seaton Delaval Hall The Avenue, Seaton Delaval, WHITLEY BAY Tyne and Wear NE26 4QR 0191 237 9100 www.nationaltrust.org.uk/seatondelavalhall

Entry details

Free with National Art Pass (standard entry £6.30)

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