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Portrait Of A ‘lady Lucy North, 1st Countess Of Guilford’ Oil On Canvas By Charles Jervas.


£28,000 | $34,142 USD | €31,632 EUR
Item Number: SA847473
Date of manufacture: 17th Century
Current Status: For sale
Seller: Christopher Tombs Antiques Ltd
This antique has been viewed 31 times in the past month with the most views from Germany.


Charles Jervas (or Jarvis), Portrait Painter - Irish Artists (b. about 1675, d. 1739)
Full attribution by the National Portrait Gallery.
Lady Lucy Montagu who married Francis North to become Lady Lucy North, the 1st Countess of Guilford
Lucy was born in 1709, sister of the Earl of Halifax. She married Francis Lord North in 1728. Lucy died in 1734 so that is the latest possible date for the portrait. She died shortly after giving birth to her second child, Louisa and her father blamed the new baby for the death and refused to have anything to do with it. So the child was given for adoption. The boy, Frederick became prime minister in 1770 and remained until 1781, one of the longest spells in office on record. He was a successful peacetime leader but very unhappy as a war leader and he asked George III three times to be allowed to resign during the American War of Independence. The king refused each time and threatened him with imprisonment in the Tower if he persisted. Frederick was by many accounts less rigid in his opposition to the American colonists' demands than his master and he seems to have had little if any influence over who the army commanders were and on their tactics.
George Montagu was the son of Edward Montagu and Elizabeth Pelham and paternal great-grandson of Henry Montagu, 1st Earl of Manchester,
George Montagu married twice:
• Ricarda Posthuma Saltonstale (~1689–1711) in 1706; together they had one daughter
• Lucy who married Francis North and their son in turn was
• Frederick North, Lord North, Prime Minister, 1770–1782.
• Lady Mary Lumley (1690–1726),[n 1] together they had seven or more children including:
• Lady Frances, m. Sir Roger Burgoyne, 6th Baronet
• Lady Mary, m. Sir Danvers Osborn, 3rd Baronet
• George, Lord Sunbury who inherited his father's titles in 1739.
Lady Lucy North – 1st Son - Frederick North, 2nd Earl of Guilford, KG, PC (13 April 1732 – 5 August 1792), better known by his courtesy title Lord North, which he used from 1752 to 1790 was Prime Minister of Great Britain from 1770 to 1782. He led Great Britain through most of the American War of Independence. He also held a number of other cabinet posts, including Home Secretary and Chancellor of the Exchequer.
North's reputation among historians has swung back and forth. It reached its lowest point in the late nineteenth century when he was depicted as a creature of the king and an incompetent who lost the American colonies. In the early twentieth century a revisionism emphasised his strengths in administering the Treasury, handling the House of Commons, and in defending the Church of England. Whig historian Herbert Butterfield, however, argued that his indolence was a barrier to efficient crisis management; he neglected his role in supervising the entire war effort.[1]
Early life (1732–1754)
Lord North was born in London on 13 April 1732, at the family house at Albemarle Street, just off Piccadilly,[2] though he spent much of his youth at Wroxton Abbey in Oxfordshire. North's strong physical resemblance to George III suggested to contemporaries that Prince Frederick might have been North's real father (and North the King's brother), a theory compatible with the Prince's reputation but supported by little real evidence.[3] His father, the first Earl, was at the time Lord of the Bedchamber to Prince Frederick, who stood as godfather to the infant........
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This item is antique. The date of manufacture has been declared as 17th Century.


Height = 161.3 cm (63.5")
Width = 139.7 cm (55.0")
Depth = 4 cm (1.6")

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