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Sir Edward Hastings (1543/44-1603), aged 29

British (English) School

Category

Art / Oil paintings

Date

1573 (inscribed)

Materials

Oil on panel

Measurements

686 x 533 mm (27 x 21in)

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 597951

Summary

Oil painting on panel, Sir Edward Hastings (1543/44-1603), aged 29, British (English) School, inscribed 'Ano DOMINI 1573 Aetatis Suae 29 Sir Edw Hastynges'. Portrait of a young man, half length turned slightly to the left, gazing at spectator; short light-brown hair, wearing a black doublet slashed with red, ruffled lace at the wrists, high collar from which emerges a small ruff, a book in his right hand, with inscription, at the top right an elaborate coat of arms and motto VERITAS VI SUA VICE (Truth [serves] instead of force) top right. This cannot be, as previously supposed, a portrait of Sir Edward Hastings, Baron Hastings, who died in the year that this is inscribed as having been painted, aged about sixty. If any faith can be placed in the later inscription at all, then this is presumably a portrait of the fourth of the six sons of Lord Hastings's elder brother, Francis Hastings, 2nd Earl of Huntingdon (?1514-1560), born in 1542, a few years after the eldest sons, Henry Hastings, 3rd Earl (1535-1595) and George Hastings the 4th Earl (c.1540-1604).

Provenance

From collection of Edith Maud Rawdon-Hastings, Countess of Loudoun (1833-1874), daughter of George Augustus Francis Rawdon-Hastings, 2nd Marquess of Hastings (1754-1826) and Barbara Yelverton, Baroness Grey (of Ruthin). She married Charles Frederick Abney-Hastings, 1st Baron Donington [she was the Hastings heir, in whose favour the abeyance of the numerous baronies was terminated, and sister of Henry Weysford Charles Plantagenet Rawdon-Hastings, 4th and last Marquess of Hastings (1842-1868)]; bought and bequeathed by Sir Percy Malcolm Stewart (1871-1951) to the National Trust and transferred to Montacute House, 1960 after the death of Lady Stewart

Credit line

Montacute House, The Malcolm Stewart Bequest (National Trust)

Marks and inscriptions

Recto: Bottom centre. Book held in right hand inscribed: NON ME PUDET EVANGELO CHRISTI (I am not ashamed of the witness of Christ). Recto: Inscribed top left: AONO DOMINI / 1573 / ÆTATIS SVÆ / 29; and [later] in a different paint: Sir Edw Hastynges Recto: Arms top right with motto: VERITAS VI SUA VICE Recto: Small 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 CRIMSON BEDROOM Paintings Lord Hastings of Lourhborough (d.1572). English. Inscribed 1573. Master f the Horse and Lord Chamberlain (1557) to Queen Mary." Montacute House, Somerset, 1976 [The National Trust; Dudley Dodd] 1976, An Illustrated Souvenir, Shown hanging to the left of the bed in the Crimson Bedroom. Montacute House, Somerset, 1991 [The National Trust; Malcolm Rogers] 1991, p..68, illus. p.68 in general view to left of bed "THE CRIMSON BEDROOM PAINTINGS Edward Hastings, Baron Hastings of Loughborough (d.1573) Mary 1's Master of the Horse; Lord Chamberlain 1557; a staunch Roman Catholic; created a peer, 1558. Inscribed with the dated 1573, his arms and motto: veritas vi sua vice. His books is inscribed in Latin signifying: 'I am not ashamed of the witness of Christ'. English School, 1573." Montacute House, Somerset, 1997 [The National Trust; Malcolm Rogers] 1991, revised 1997 , p..67 illus. p.68 in general view to left of bed "THE CRIMSON BEDROOM PAINTINGS Edward Hastings, Baron Hastings of Loughborough (d.1573) Mary 1's Master of the Horse; Lord Chamberlain 1557; a staunch Roman Catholic; created a peer, 1558. Inscribed with the dated 1573, his arms and motto: veritas vi sua vice. His books is inscribed in Latin signifying: 'I am not ashamed of the witness of Christ'. English School, 1573." Montacute House, Somerset, 2004-2006 [The National Trust; Malcolm Rogers] 2000, revised 2004, reprinted 2005, 2006, p..55, illus. p.68 in general view to left of bed "THE CRIMSON BEDROOM PAINTINGS Edward Hastings, Baron Hastings of Loughborough (d.1573) Mary 1's Master of the Horse; Lord Chamberlain 1557; a staunch Roman Catholic; created a peer, 1558. Inscribed with the dated 1573, his arms and motto: veritas vi sua vice. His books is inscribed in Latin signifying: 'I am not ashamed of the witness of Christ'. English School, 1573."

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