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Sir Edward Phelips (?1560-1614)

British (English) School

Category

Art / Oil paintings

Date

1770 - 1799

Materials

Oil on canvas

Measurements

901 x 692 mm (35 1/2 x 27 1/4 in)

Place of origin

England

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Collection

Montacute House, Somerset (Accredited Museum)

On show at

Montacute House, Somerset, South West, National Trust

NT 597909

Summary

Oil painting on canvas, Sir Edward Phelips (?1560 -1614), British (English) School, late 18th century, inscribed Sir Ed Phelips 1610. A portrait of an elderly man shown three-quarter length, standing in profile to the left, gazing at the spectator, his left hand at this side, his right on a table covered with a red cloth on which is the Speaker's mace and bag of office. Above the table is a window with two Phelips heraldic stained glass panels at the top. Sir Edward has grey hair, and a grey moustache and beard and is dressed in a black gown with black cap and small linen ruff. A copy of an original painting. Son of Thomas Phelips (c.1500-1589/90) and Elizabeth Smythe of Bristol; married, firstly, Margaret Newdigate (d.1590) from Haynes, Bedfordshire and, secondly, Elizabeth Pigott (d.1638) from Doddershall, Buckinghamshire.

Provenance

On loan from the Phelips family since 1931; purchased with the aid of the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the V&A Museums and Galleries Commission Purchase Grant Fund in 1989.

Credit line

Montacute House, The Phelips Collection (The National Trust)

Marks and inscriptions

Recto : Part of inscription on left [R]OLLS Recto: Gilt tablet affixed to bottom of frame inscribed:

Makers and roles

British (English) School, artist

References

Montacute House, Somerset, 1976 [The National Trust; Dudley Dodd] 1976, "THE PASSAGEWAY East Wall Sir Thomas Egerton, Viscount Brackley (1540-1617), English; the date, 1593, inscribed on the window in the background. Master of the Rolls, 1594-1603, Lord Chancellor, 1603-17" Montacute House, Somerset, 1986 [The National Trust; Dudley Dodd] 1979, revised 1986 , p.32. Illustrated. Caption: "Sir Edward Phelips, Master of the Rolls 1611-14, from a portrait in the ground floor corridor." Montacute House, Somerset, 1986-1987 [The National Trust; Dudley Dodd] 1979, revised 1986 reprinted 1987 , p.32. Illustrated. Caption: "Sir Edward Phelips, Master of the Rolls 1611-14, from a portrait in the ground floor corridor." Montacute House, Somerset, 1991 [The National Trust; Malcolm Rogers] 1991, p.12. Illustrated Caption: "Sir Edward Phelips (1560?-1614), the builder of Montacute (Screens Passage)" p.53. THE SCREENS PASSAGE ABOVE THE WEST DOOR Sir Edward Phelips (1650?-1614) The builder of the house, with his mace and seal bag as Speaker of the House of Commons. Though dated 1610, it was probably painted in the later seventeenth or early eighteenth century, based on an earlier portrait. Unknown artist." Montacute House, Somerset, 1997 [The National Trust; Malcolm Rogers] 1991, revised 1997 , p.12. Illustrated. Caption: "Sir Edward Phelips (1650?-1614), the builder of Montacute (Screens Passage) p.53. "Sir Edward Phelips (1650?-1614) The builder of the house, with his mace and seal bag as Speaker of the House of Commons. Though dated 1610, it was probably painted in the later seventeenth or early eighteenth century, based on an earlier portrait. Unknown artist." Montacute House, Somerset, 2004-2006 [The National Trust; Malcolm Rogers] 2000, revised 2004, reprinted 2005, 2006, p.12. Illustrated. Caption: "Sir Edward Phelips (1650?-1614)., the builder of Montacute (Screens Passage) p.41. "Sir Edward Phelips (1650?-1614) The builder of the house, with his mace and seal bag as Speaker of the House of Commons. Though dated 1610, it was probably painted in the later seventeenth or early eighteenth century, based on an earlier portrait. Unknown artist."

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