Oil painting on canvas, Sir Thomas Myddelton IV, 2nd Bt (1651-1684) by John Michael Wright (London 1617 - London 1694), circa 1670, inscribed in 18th century hand (?), bottom right: Sr Thos Myddelton B[t?] and inscribed in a 19th century hand (?), top right: Sir Thomas Myddelton Bt / Died 1683. A three-quarter-length portrait, of Sir Thomas Myddelton IV as a young man, seated in an interior in a highly carved Roman Baroque chair, turned three-quarters to right, gazing at spectator, in full-bottomed wig, white lace cravat tied in a bow, wearing puce coloured robes over full white sleeves and a light plum-coloured cloak, and a darker cloak, pinned to his right shoulder and partially draped across chest. His left hand is on his hip and his right hand pointing down with his index finger. In the background, beyond the red drapery on the left, the construction of the colonnnade is discernible.
in the courtyead of Chirk can be seen.
With some of the contents, in 1978, that were acquired along with Chirk Castle from Lt-Col Ririd Myddelton (1902–1988) by the National Land Fund and handed, on loan for 99 years, to the Secretary of State for Wales (In 1981 Chirk was transferred into the ownership of the National Trust). On loan to the Trust by Guy Myddelton.
Chirk Castle, The Myddelton Collection (National Trust)
Marks and inscriptions
Recto: Inscribed in 18th century hand (?), bottom right: Sr Thos Myddelton B[t?]
Recto: Inscribed in a 19th century hand (?), top right: Sir Thomas Myddelton Bt / Died 1683.
Makers and roles
John Michael Wright (London 1617 - London 1694), artist
Laing 1989 Alastair Laing, ‘Changelings at Chirk Castle’, Country Life, 8 June 1989, pp.272 - 75, p. 273, fig. 3
Chirk Castle, 2003: [National Trust] 2003, p. 40