Charles Bodville Robartes, 2nd Earl of Radnor MP (1660-1723)
studio of Michael Dahl (Stockholm 1656/9 – London 1743)
A 'lavish curio' was how Alexander Pope described the 2nd Earl of Radnor - Jonathan Swift called him 'a scoundrel'. Whatever, Charles Robartes was one of the most important collectors and art patrons of his day, a 'duty' that often left him penniless.
Oil painting on canvas, Charles Bodville Robartes, 2nd Earl of Radnor, MP, studio of Michael Dahl (Stockholm 1656 – London 1743), circa 1700/05; inscribed top right: The Hon. Charles [?] Robartes / Earl of Radnor / born 16_. A three-quarter length portrait of the 2nd Earl of Radnor as a young man, standing slightly to left, head facing, wearing coronation robes, and holding a coronet in his right hand.
By descent, until given by the Hon. Gerald Agar-Robartes, 7th Viscount Clifden (1883 - 1966), with the transfer of the house to the National Trust in 1953
Lanhydrock, The Robartes Collection (The National Trust)
Marks and inscriptions
Recto: Inscribed top right in cursive black (half-effaced): The Hon. Charles [?] Robartes / Earl of Radnor / born 16_ Recto: (on gilt label) CHARLES, 2nd. Earl of Radnor./DAHL Verso: in ink on old labels on stretcher and frame: No 14
Makers and roles
studio of Michael Dahl (Stockholm 1656/9 – London 1743), artist