Edmund Prideaux (1693-1745)
William Aikman (Forfar 1682 – London 1731)
The sitter is identifiable by the coat of arms on the plinth and by his connections with the Hobarts of Blickling, where this hangs amongst other portraits of ‘Norfolk Worthies’. Although he was from an ancient Cornish family, Edmund was associated with Norwich. His father, the noted Orientalist, Humphrey Prideaux, was Dean of Norwich, and Edmund married Hannah Wrench, who came from that city. He made a Grand Tour of Italy (probably in 1739), during which he collected a number of Roman antiquities and pictures. Afterwards, he set about transforming the interior and exterior of Prideaux Place, his large E-plan house, which is shown in the background. He transformed the grounds with garden buildings and a wilderness with serpentine paths.
Oil painting on canvas, Edmund Prideaux (1693-1745) by William Aikman (Forfar 1682 – London 1731). In full wig, wearing brown coat, white cravat and white linen-frilled cuffs, hose and black buckled shoes. Left hand on hip above sword hilt, right hand resting on book on pedestal. Standing in front of curtained archway with view of town by river with boats. Identified by the arms on the plinth and the view of Prideaux Place, Padstow, his residence that appears in the background. A university friend of Hobart and a bibliophile, he drew views of Blickling around 1727.
Bequeathed with the hall and contents by Philip,11th Marquess of Lothian (1882-1940)
Blickling Hall, The Lothian Collection (National Trust)
Makers and roles
William Aikman (Forfar 1682 – London 1731), artist