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George Booth, 2nd Earl of Warrington (1675-1758) and his Daughter Lady Mary Booth, later Countess of Stamford (1704-1772)

Michael Dahl (Stockholm 1656/9 – London 1743)

Category

Art / Oil paintings

Date

circa 1720 - circa 1730

Materials

Oil on canvas

Measurements

1245 x 1956 mm (49 x 77 in)

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Collection

Dunham Massey, Cheshire (Accredited Museum)

NT 932339

Caption

The Earl is here shown with his only daughter Mary, who in 1736 married the 4th Earl of Stamford. Her presence represents her father’s hopes for the future of a house and estate he had spent a lifetime improving, while their archaic, uncomfortable poses illustrate his backward-looking nature, and the obsessive pride in his family and rank that caused one acquaintance to call him ‘the stiffest of all stiff things’. His wife, Mary Oldbury, with whom he had quarrelled early on, led an entirely separate existence at the other end of the house. His daughter holds up a sheet of music which is inscribed ‘Hear ye Gods of Britain....’ The musical score has been identified as the 12th item - a bass aria - from Purcell’s ‘Bonduca or the British Heroine’, written in 1695. Lord Warrington, however, gives no hint that he may burst into song.

Summary

Oil painting on canvas, George Booth, 2nd Earl of Warrington (1675-1758) and his Daughter Lady Mary Booth, later Countess of Stamford (1704-1772) by Michael Dahl (Stockholm 1656/9 – London 1743), circa 1720 -30. Two three-quarter-length portraits, the Earl at the left, wearing peer's robes, his daughter at the right beside a spinet, holding up a sheet of music in her left hand on which is inscribed 'Hear ye Gods of Britain....' from Purcell's Boudica or the British Heroine, written in 1695.

Provenance

Bequeathed to the National Trust with the house, estate and all the contents of Dunham Massey by Roger Grey, 10th Earl of Stamford (1896 - 1976)

Marks and inscriptions

(labelled)

Makers and roles

Michael Dahl (Stockholm 1656/9 – London 1743), artist

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