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Sir Thomas Egerton, 1st Viscount Brackley (?1540-1617) (after British (English) School)

Henry Bone, RA (Truro 1755 – Somers Town, London 1834)

Category

Art / Miniatures

Date

1817

Materials

Enamel

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Collection

Kingston Lacy Estate, Dorset (Accredited Museum)

On show at

Kingston Lacy Estate, Dorset, South West, National Trust

NT 1250566

Summary

Enamel portrait miniature, Sir Thomas Egerton, 1st Viscount Brackley (?1540-1617) (after British (English) School) by Henry Bone, RA (Truro 1755 – Somers Town, London 1834). 1817. Three-quarter length portrait, seated, turned slightly to left facing spectator, in legal robes, black hat and ruff. Holding papers in his right hand, his left hand resting on the arm of his chair, purse to the right on table, red wall in background. Original in the collection of the Duke of Sutherland. Thomas Egerton, 1st Viscount Brackley was the natural son, born in 1540 of Sir Richard Egerton and Alice Sparke. He married: (i) Elizabeth Ravenscroft, daughter of Thomas Ravenscroft and Catharine Grosvenor, before 1576. (ii) Elizabeth More, daughter of Sir William More and Margaret Daniell, circa 1596. (iii) Alice Spencer, daughter of Sir John Spencer and Katherine Kitson, on 20 October 1600. He was educated at Brasenose College, Oxford and was admitted to Lincoln's Inn in 1572. Solicitor-General 1581-1592. MP for Cheshire between 1584 and 1587. Treasurer of Lincoln's Inn,1587. Took part in the trial of Mary Queen of Scots and of the Earl of Essex. Attorney-General 1592-1594. Master of the Rolls 1594-1603. Chamberlain of Chester 1594-1603.He was invested as a Knight on 18 May 1594.Privy Counsellor on 6 May 1596. Lord Keeper 1596-1603. On 18 December 1598 he inherited the estate of Tatton, Chester (and others) from Richard Brereton (his brother-in-law). He was created 1st Baron of Ellesmere on 21 July 1603. Lord Chancellor 1603-1616/17. Lord High Steward 1603, for the trial of peers. Lord-Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire 1607-1616. Chancellor of Oxford University 1610-1617. Lord High Steward 1616. Created 1st Viscount Brackley 1616. Wrote 'Privileges of Prerogative of the High Court of Chancery' Children of Thomas Egerton, 1st Viscount Brackley and Elizabeth Ravenscroft 1.Hon. Mary Egerton 2.Sir Thomas Egerton (before 1579-1599) 3.John Egerton, 1st Earl of Bridgwater (1579-1649) He died on 15 March 1616/17 at York House, Whitehall, London, England. He was buried on 10 April 1617 at Doddleston, Chester.

Provenance

The Bone enamels at Kingston Lacy, copied from paintings in well-known houses, were mostly acquired by William Bankes at auction in 1836, from a set of 85 which had been unsuccessfully offered to the nation for £4000 by the elder Bone. William gave the bulk of them to his brother the Rev Edward Bankes. After William's flight abroad in 1841, Edward returned them to Kingston Lacy.

Marks and inscriptions

SIR THOMAS EGERTON / Lord Ellismere. / 44 (painted in black on fixed gilt label, centred under image)

Makers and roles

Henry Bone, RA (Truro 1755 – Somers Town, London 1834) , artist after British (English) School, artist

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