Colonel Dr John Matthews, MP (1755-1826)
after George Romney (Dalton-in-Furness 1734 – Kendal 1802)
Oil painting on canvas, Colonel Dr John Matthews of Burton, MP (1755 - 1826), after George Romney (Dalton-in-Furness 1734 – Kendal 1802), after 1904. A three-quarter-length seated potrait, in maroon coat on red upholstered chair, with book. A copy of the original, dated 1786, at Tate Britain (NO4486). This picture and its companion are copies of pictures that were given in 1929 by Miss Winifred Bertha de La Chere in accordance with the wishes of her uncle, Henry Matthews, 1st Viscount Llandaff (1826-1913), who had inherited these portraits of his grandparents from his father, Henry Matthews. Bertha de La Chere was the aunt of Henry Hornyold Strickland (1890 – 1975).. The sitter is shown here in his guise as an occasional poet. In the original, a painted elevation of his house, Belmont, is shown at the table: his was either never painted, or has been painted over in this copy, apparently because Lord Llandaff was disbarred from inheriting Belmont because he was a Catholic.
Given by Henry Hornyold Strickland (1890 – 1975) with Sizergh Castle and its estates in 1950
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after George Romney (Dalton-in-Furness 1734 – Kendal 1802), artist