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Possibly Henry Liddell (d. 1770)

Michael Dahl (Stockholm 1656/9 – London 1743)

Category

Art / Oil paintings

Date

circa 1734

Materials

Oil on canvas

Measurements

1251 x 1010 mm (49 ¼ x 39 ¾ in)

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Collection

Chirk Castle, Wrexham (Accredited Museum)

On show at

Chirk Castle, Wrexham, Wales, National Trust

NT 1171143

Summary

Oil painting on canvas, Possibly Henry Liddell (d.1770) by Michael Dahl (Stockholm 1656 – London 1743), circa 1733/4. A three-quarter-length portrait of the brother of Mary Liddell who married John Myddelton (1685 - 1747), square on, left hand in jacket, standing, turned slightly to the right, head inclined slightly to left, gazing at spectator, wearing a blue suit, white long, loosely- hanging stock, shirt frills at wrists, sword hilt to right, leaning on his right arm against a pedestal, the fingers of his left hand tucked into his coat at the waist. This may be the 'Half Lengthe Picture' for which Dahl was paid 30 guineas by J. Myddelton, 27 July 1734, with a further 3 guineas for frame.

Provenance

commissioned by the sitter's brother-in-law - could be the painting that on 27 July 1734, John Myddelton (1685-1747) paid Dahl 30 guineas for a ‘Half Lengthe Picture’ plus a further 3 guineas for the frame; thence by descent; in house inventory, 1872, “Picture Gallery State Saloon Mr Riddle” ; in Chirk Castle house catalogue, c.1900. as in Saloon. (Shown on diagrammatic hang [east wall, bottom register] and manuscript picture list) as “24. Mr Leddell.” and thence by descent; 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)

Credit line

Chirk Castle, The Myddelton Collection (National Trust)

Marks and inscriptions

Verso: Label on back of stretcher: Mr. Liddell / brother to Mrs Myddelton / (Mary Liddell) Verso: Label on back of frame: Drawing Room No.9 / Sir Thomas Myddelton

Makers and roles

Michael Dahl (Stockholm 1656/9 – London 1743), artist

References

Solkin 2015 David H. Solkin, Art in Britain 1660 - 1815, Pelican History of Art, Yale University Press, 2015, p. 87, fig. 84

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