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Richard Graves, age 49 in 1621, and his wife Francis Gourney, eldest daughter of William Gourney of Moore Hall, Yardley, Hertfordshire
Each portrait bearing a paper label on verso printed 'No. 12 and No. 13, Kiftsgate Court, Hall, through Sidney Graves Hamilton' (Kiftsgate Manor was bought by their son Richard Graves...Image 7)
THE GRAVES FAMILY OF YORKSHIRE AND MICKLETON MANOR, GLOUCESTERSHIRE, ENGLAND.
The family of Graves is one of the most ancient in England. This family is believed to have used the name De Grava in Bordeaux, Gascony. It went in with the Norman army, and settled in Yorkshire. The name underwent several changes, and its members have been De Grevis, De Greves, Greve, Grave, Greaves, Greeves, and Graves. John de Grevis was in the army of King John. His great grandson was Thomas de les Greves.
The family lived in early days in that part of England now known as counties Lincoln, Nottingham, Derby and York, occupying the northern part of the three first named and the southern part of York. The first recorded family seat was known as Greves or Greaves, in the parish of Beeley, near Chatsworth, in the northern part of Derbyshire, and a few miles from the southerly boundary of York, where the family resided as early as the reign of Henry III (1216-1272).
Also, according to John Card Graves, the important families of Greaves, of Mayfield Hall, Co. Stafford, Greaves of Page Hall and Elmsall Lodge, Co. Bucks, and others, trace their descent from the ancient Derbyshire family. Many of the descendants of the different branches of the family went, from time to time, to London and other cities in Great Britain, and to the Colonies, and notably to the American Colonies, in the score of years from 1629 to 1649.
RICHARD GRAVES was born 1572, died April 1626, and was buried in St. Martin's, Ludgate. He lived in London, where he was a citizen and haberdasher. He owned much property, messuages and taverns, including “The Ship”, "The Dogges Head" and "The Chequers" in the parishes of St. Martin's and St. Bride's. His will was proved in 1626.
Arms: Argent, a Cross voyded and engrailed, between 4 mullets or 6 poirells, Gules.
GILBERT JACKSON (c.1595-after 1648) was an itinerant portrait painter whose origins are unknown; he is documented as painting from about 1620 to about 1650 from recorded commissions and signed and dated paintings. His art is purely English, and little influenced by the arrival in England of such painters as Paul van Somer, Daniel Mytens or Anthony Van Dyck. His work looks back to the flat hieratic style of the late Elizabethan Court, and he devotes infinite care to the rendition of surfaces, colours and textures whilst seeming to be indifferent to the niceties of perspective. The result is a mixture of sophisticated painterly technique allied with a naiveté of drawing which it at once deeply old-fashioned in the new world of the Baroque, and infinitely charming and unselfconscious.
IMPORTANT: THE PRICE SHOWN IS FOR THE PAIR OF PORTRAITS.
PROVENANCE:With Needham's Antiques, Buxton in the 1980s
from whom bought by a Wiltshire gentleman.
|External Height||46.50 inch||(118.11 cm)|
|External Width||39.00 inch||(99.06 cm)|