Edward Astley, later Sir Edward Astley, 4th Bt Astley of Hill Morton (1729-1802) and his Sister Blanche, later Mrs Edward Pratt as Children, with a Parrot and a Bunch of Grapes

John Theodore Heins, the elder (Germany c.1697 - Norwich 1756)
National Trust Inventory Number 1276710

Category Paintings
Date 1732 (signed and dated)
Materials Oil on canvas
Measurements 1270 x 1016 mm (50 x 40 in)
Place of origin
Collection Seaton Delaval Hall, Northumberland
On show at Seaton Delaval Hall, Northumberland, Yorkshire and North East, National Trust

Edward and Lucy Astley were the children of Sir Jacob Astley, 3rd Bt. (1692 – 1760), of Melton Constable and Lucy (1699 – 1739), youngest daughter of Sir Nicholas Le Strange, 4th Bt. of Hunstanton. Edward succeeded to the title in 1760, and in 1768 he stood successfully as M.P. for Norfolk, a position that he held until 1790. He married Rhoda Delaval (1725 – 1757) in 1751, who died in childbirth, having borne him three sons and a daughter. Through her, his descendants succeeded to Seaton Delaval. He married, secondly, Anne Milles in 1759 (d.1793), who bore him five sons and two daughters; and thirdly, Elizabeth Bullen in 1793 (d.1810), who bore him no children. He died aged 72. His sister married Edward Pratt of Ryston.

The children’s sumptuous dress and the exotic fruits and pets are symbols of their wealth and status. They have, however, been portrayed with a charming playfulness, through expression and pose.

Summary description

Oil painting on canvas, Edward Astley, later Sir Edward Astley, 4th Bt Astley of Hill Morton (1729-1802) and his sister Blanche, later Mrs Edward Pratt, as children, by John Theodore (Dirck) Heins, the elder (Germany c.1697 - Norwich 1756), signed and dated, bottom left: Heins, Fec: 1732. Two full-length portraits of the children of Sir Jacob Astley, 3rd Bt and his wife Lucy L’Estrange. Blanche is standing on the left, in powdered hair, wearing a flowered dress with a blue cloak, draped on her left shoulder and held in her right hand, she is feeding a grape to a parrot standing on a ring suspened from the ceiling above her, her brother, Edward, sits on the right, wearing a small scarlet cap with a white plume and a scarlet gown his he holds up a bunch of grapes with his right hand and rests on left hand on the head of a dog, sitting on the far right.

Full description

Children of Sir Jacob Astley, 3rd Bt. (1692 – 1760), of Melton Constable and Lucy (1699 – 1739), youngest daughter of Sir Nicholas Le Strange, 4th Bt. of Hunstanton. Edward succeeded to the title in 1760, and in 1768 he stood successfully as M.P. for Norfolk, a position that he held until 1790. He married Rhoda Delaval (1725 – 1757) in 1751, but who died in childbirth, having borne him three sons and a daughter. By her, he was bequeathed Seaton Delaval. He married, secondly, Anne Milles in 1759 (d.1793), who bore him five sons and two daughters; and thirdly, Elizabeth Bullen in 1793 (d.1810), who bore him no issue. He died aged 72. His sister married Edward Pratt of Ryston.

Provenance

By descent in the Le Strange family, Hunstanton Hall; sold Sotheby’s, London, 18th November 1987, lot 37 (£18,700); bt. by Lord Hastings; accepted in lieu of tax by H.M. Treasury and transferred to the National Trust in 2009

Marks and inscriptions

Bottom left: signed: Heins, Fec: 1732

Makers and roles

John Theodore Heins, the elder (Germany c.1697 - Norwich 1756) , artist

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