Portrait of Thomas Crew, 2nd Baron Crew of Stene (1624-97) by Sir Peter Lely

Peter Lely painted this magnificent portrait of the politician Thomas Crew around 1670, when the sitter was serving as Member of Parliament for Brackley in Northamptonshire.

Details

Medium:
Oil on canvas Dimensions: 152.5 × 122cm
Art Fund grant:
£30,000 ( Total: £60,000)
Acquired in:
2015
Vendor:
Sotheby's

The painting passed to Crew’s daughter Jemima, 1st Duchess of Kent, who took it to the ancestral home of her husband, Henry de Grey, at Wrest Park in Bedfordshire. The painting is documented as being in the collections at Wrest from 1718 until 1917, when the house and its contents were sold. During the 1830s Wrest Park was rebuilt in the style of an 18th-century French château by the 2nd Earl de Grey. Lely’s painting is recorded as hanging in the dining room there in 1844. The frame reflects the rococo decoration of the house. Following the sale of the house and contents in 1917, the estate suffered many indignities. In 2006 it was acquired by English Heritage, which began a major restoration programme, and the house and garden are now open to the public. The return of this portrait after nearly 100 years marks a significant milestone in this ongoing project.

Provenance

In the de Grey family collection until 1917; sold Christie’s, November 1917 where acquired by Robert Offley Ashburton Crewe-Milnes; by descent to Duchess of Roxburghe and subsequently to her nephew, Bamber Gascoigne.

Venue details

Wrest Park Silsoe, LUTON Bedfordshire MK45 4HR 01525 860152 www.english-heritage.org.uk/wrestpark

Entry details

Free with National Art Pass (standard entry £9)

2 Nov 2015 - 14 Feb 
Sat – Sun, 10am – 4pm

15 - 21 Feb 
Daily, 10am – 4pm

22 Feb – 24 Mar
Sat – Sun, 10am – 4pm

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