Oil painting on canvas, The Dryden Family: Edward Dryden (d.1717), his wife Elizabeth Allen and their children John Dryden, later Sir John Dryden, 7th Bt (1704 - 1770), Bevill Dryden (d.1758) and Mary Dryden later Mrs John Shaw by Jonathan Richardson the elder (London 1665 – London 1745), c.1716. Five full-length portraits, Edward Dryden with formal high grey wig, white cravat, blue jacket and brown cloak standing right, with the future Sir John in front with grey parrot and dog. His sister in pale mauve, centre, and Elizabeth Dryden in a pale green blue dress seated left with a baby seated on a red draped plinth, with a formal garden behind.
Bought by the National Trust with the help of the National Art Collections Fund (The Art Fund) at Sotheby’s sale, 15 July 1987, lot 36 and returned to Canons Ashby
Makers and roles
Jonathan Richardson the elder (London 1665 – London 1745), artist