Portrait of Lord Glencairn.
1653?

This portrait hung at Linley Wood, Talke, Staffordshire, from 1848 until 1949.

It is believed to have been purchased in 1848 by James Stamford Caldwell from the sale of the Contents of Stowe House, formally the property of the Duke of Buckingham.  In the Catalogue of the Contents of Stowe it is recorded, page 169, as being bought by Caldwell, for 6 pounds and 6 shillings, on Sept 12 (or 19), as part of Lot 57 "William Earl of Glencairn: and Mrs Behn".  We also know that the portrait of Aphra Behn was bought by James Stamford Caldwell.

In 1925 the portrait of Lord Glencairn was not recorded by Maj Gen Frederick Crofton Heath-Caldwell on the list of the contents of Linley Wood.  However, we can safely assume that it was in Linley Wood in 1925, as it was later sold in 1949.

This portrait was sold in the Sotheby auction of 2 November 1949, as "Lot 85. English School, 1653.  Bust Portrait of Man (Lord Glencairne?), in a black dress with white collar, panel painted oval.  9 ¼ inch by 7 ¼ inch (originally from the collection of the Earl of Shrewsbury, Alton Towers)".  It should be noted that the reference to "the collection of the Earl of Shrewsbury, Alton Towers" appears to be incorrect.

If anyone on the web knows where this portrait now hangs, I would be very interested to hear from you.  Please contact me at jj@jjhc.info

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