Sir Pury Cust (1655-1698/9)
attributed to Mrs Pawling (fl. c.1690-c.1700)
Pastel on paper, Sir Pury Cust (1655-1698/9), attributed to Mrs Pawling (fl. c.1690-c.1700). Head and shoulders portrait in full-bottomed wig, turned to the right, gazing at the spectator, wearing a red coat in painted oval. Sir Pury Cust was born 1655. He was the son of Sir Richard Cust, 1st Bt. (1622-1700) and Beatrice Pury (1623-1715). He married: (i) Ursula Woodcock, daughter of Edward Woodcock, on 21 August 1678. and (ii) Alice Savile, daughter of William Savile, before 1698. He was invested as Knight c.1660. His children were: by Ursula Woodcodk: Sir Richard Cust, 2nd Bt (1680-1734) married Anne Brownlow (1694-177) by Alice Savile 1.Savile Cockayne Cust (1698-1772) 2.Mary Cust (1679-1718), married Robert Thompson (1667/8-1711) 3.Ursula Cust (1683/4-1757), married Richard Newton (d.1737) Sir Pury predeceased his father, hopelessly in debt. Only when his son Sir Richard was free of the debt in 1715, at the age of 35, could he aspire to marry the future Brownlow heiress, Anne Brownlow (1694-1779) who brought Belton into the Cust family. Pury maintained a troop of horse 1689-90, but never seems to have taken part in any engagement. He died on 21 February 1698/99. Mrs Pawling is recorded as the painter of four pastels of Harleys at Welbeck Abbey (nos 753-56), Sir Oliver Millar very plausibly suggests that she was the wife of the Knellerish oil portrait-painter, Isaak Paling, who was over in England between 1682-1703.
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attributed to Mrs Pawling (fl. c.1690-c.1700), artist of original previously catalogued as attributed to British (English) School, artist of original