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.
Marks and inscriptions
In white, lower left: Sir Peter Legh / Knight. / 26th Augt. 1346
Makers and roles
British (English) School, artist