Oil painting on canvas, Peter IX Legh (1563 - 1636), British (English) School, circa 1598. 3/4-length, standing, turned slightly to the left, looking out. He wears a plain white collar and cuffs and a gorget, over a patterned brown suit, with a white and black ornamental sword belt. His left hand grips the enamelled gold hilt of the sword in its scabbard, whilst his right hand rests on his plumed helmet on a table on the left. He has a bushy beard and a curving moustache, which, like his rich head of hair, are dark brown; his eyes are greenish.
Probably by descent and inheritance to William John Legh, 1st Lord Newton (1828–1898); 1879 inventory, p.6: Entrance Hall, ‘Sir Perkin Legh Founder of the Family. 1345. Elaborately carved oak frame.’; Thomas, 2nd Lord Newton (1857–1942); 1929 inventory, p.20: Entrance Hall, ‘A ¾ length portrait of Sir Peter Legh (over fireplace marked 1346 canvas measuring 39 ins. By 65 ins.)’; by descent to Richard, 5th Lord Newton (b.1950), and his brother, the Hon. David Legh (b.1951); accepted by HM Government in lieu of inheritance tax and allocated to the National Trust, 2011.
Lyme Park, The Legh Collection (accepted by HM Government in lieu of inheritance tax and allocated to the National Trust, 2011)
Marks and inscriptions
In white, lower left: Sir Peter Legh / Knight. / 26th Augt. 1346
Makers and roles
British (English) School, artist