Portrait of Robert Darcy, 4th Earl of Holderness by George Knapton

Portrait of Robert Darcy whose family had important historical links with Temple Newsam.


Oil on canvas
119 x 137 cm
Art Fund grant:
£25,000 ( Total: £50,040; Tax remission)
Acquired in:
Lady Diana Pelham

Robert Darcy (1718-78), 4th Earl of Holderness, was a direct descendant of Thomas, Lord Darcy, the original builder of Temple Newsam (c 1500), who was beheaded for treason in 1537. Holderness was ambassador to Venice (1744-6) and The Hague (1749-51) and was Secretary of State almost continuously between 1751 and 1761. He had many critics but was described by the Duke of Newcastle as 'universally loved and esteemed ... diligent and exact in all his proceedings'. He was an enthusiastic director of opera and masquerades, and a patron of the poet William Mason.


By descent in the family of the sitter

Venue details

Temple Newsam House Temple Newsam Estate, Leeds West Yorkshire LS15 0AE 0113 336 7461 www.leeds.gov.uk/templenewsamhouse

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