Oil painting on panel, Cardinal Robert de Curzon (d.1218), attributed to William Hamilton RA (Chelsea 1751 – London 1801), circa 1800. A painted oval half-length portrait, in red robes and a cardinal hat, with identifying inscription, uppper left: 'Cardinal de Curzon/1209'. Another attempt to produce the likeness of an undepicted ancestor, Robert de Courson, or Curzon (d. 1218), was a scholar and a preacher. Made a cardinal in 1212, he was particularly active in preaching crusades against the Saracens and the Albigensians. The significance of the date 1209 is unclear.
Recorded in the Wardrobe around 1787; and thence by descent until bought with part of the contents of Kedleston with the aid of the National Heritage Memorial Fund in 1987 when the house and park were given to the National Trust by Francis Curzon, 3rd Viscount Scarsdale (1924-2000)
Kedleston Hall, The Scarsdale Collection (acquired with the help of the National Heritage Memorial Fund and transferred to The National Trust in 1987)
Makers and roles
attributed to William Hamilton RA (Chelsea 1751 – London 1801), artist