Bernard Lens III, William Cheyne, 2nd Viscount Newhaven (1657–1728), wearing blue cloak, white jabot and full-bottomed wig
Lot 8Y
Bernard Lens III, William Cheyne, 2nd Viscount Newhaven (1657–1728), wearing blue cloak, white jabot and full-bottomed wig
Sold for £720 (US$ 1,124) inc. premium

Lot Details
Bernard Lens III (British, 1682-1740)
William Cheyne, 2nd Viscount Newhaven (1657–1728), wearing blue cloak, white jabot and full-bottomed wig.
signed on the obverse with gold monogram BL, turned pearwood frame, signed on reverse in full, dated and inscribed The/ Right Honorable/ William Lord Cheyne/ Bernard Lens jun / Londini fecit/ March ye 12 1709.
Oval, 60mm (2 3/8in) high

Provenance: Purchased from Limner Antiques, October 1968

Footnotes

  • William, only son of Charles Cheyne, 1st Viscount Newhaven (1625–98), married Elizabeth, daughter of Edward Thomas of Wenvoe, in 1675, but she soon died. He remarried in 1680, a distant cousin Gertrude Pierrepont (d.1732).

    Cheyne spent most of his time at the family seat of Drayton Beauchamp, engaged in county politics. The Act of Union left him ineligible to stand as an MP. Thereafter he played an important guiding hand in electioneering and candidate choice for the tories. Cheyne saw parliament as a means to court office, and was one of the three commissioners of the privy seal from 1690-92, and a clerk of the pipe from 1703-06 and 1711-28. From 1701-05 he frequently acted as spokesman for Quaker causes, but must have alienated his constituents, because they all voted against him in 1705. In later years his country seat was at Chesham Bois where in 1706 he spent £300 on a new chapel and endowed a charity school in nearby Chesham. He was lord lieutenant for the county in 1702 and again from 1712-14, and a JP and deputy lieutenant for much of his adult life. After the Hanoverian succession his political role faded. He sold the family's Chelsea estates and manor to Sir Hans Sloane in 1712.
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