Portrait of John Browne of Norton Court

Portrait of John Browne of Norton Court

c. 1685 England

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A very good late 17th Century Oil on Canvas portrait of John Browne of Norton Court, Gloucester with a manuscript label to the stretcher identifying the sitter.

Good, minor restorations
Provenance: Tandridge Court, The Earl of Cottenham, a direct descendant of Samuel Pepys, the diarist.
This picture is one of three from Tandridge. The 8th. Earl of Cottenham (died Otober 26th. 2000) was married to Sarah Lombard-Hobson, only daughter of Captain Samuel Richard Le Hunte Lombard-Hobson
Captain Samuel Richard Le Hunte Lombard-Hobson was invested as a Commander, Royal Victorian Order (C.V.O.).1 He was invested as an Officer, Order of the British Empire (O.B.E.).1 He gained the rank of Captain in the service of the Royal Navy.

Research indicates that John Browne was related to an alderman and Mercer in Gloucester, who later became its MP for periods stretching from 1614 up to 1635. He was also Mayor of Gloucester 1610 and 1621. He finally died in 1639 and the sitter is believed to be a relative of his. Norton Court was situated to the North West of Gloucester.

By the early 18th. Century, Norton Court had passed to Nicholas Webb whose son, John married Arabella, daughter of Thomas Bushell of Sevinbroke, Oxfordshire and they were blessed with 2 sons and 3 daughters. He was Sherrif of Gloucester from 1761 to 1762 as well as mayor, 1771-2, 1776-7 and 1787-7.

John Webb was a ship’s husband (An agent who is responsible for providing maintenance and supplies for a ship in port) for the East India Company and his family were Gloucester Tradesmen.

Whilst it is not known how these three portraits, John Browne, Lady Blake and her Sister came to be together, they are all in matching frames and came from the same collection. It is probable that Lady Blake is of Irish descent and because of Webb’s maritime connections, the family may well have had both trade with and property in Ireland.

Height 29.00 inch (73.66 cm)
Width 24.50 inch (62.23 cm)
Depth 2.00 inch (5.08 cm)
Stock Code
Oil on Canvas
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