Henry Bone, R.A. (British, 1755-1834) William Russell, 1st Baron Russell of Thornhaugh (c.1558-1613), wearing black doublet slashed to reveal embroidered white chemise, clustered pearl buttons, white ruff
Lot 3
Henry Bone, R.A.
(British, 1755-1834)
William Russell, 1st Baron Russell of Thornhaugh (c.1558-1613), wearing black doublet slashed to reveal embroidered white chemise, clustered pearl buttons, white ruff
Sold for £3,250 (US$ 5,306) inc. premium

Lot Details
Henry Bone, R.A. (British, 1755-1834)
William Russell, 1st Baron Russell of Thornhaugh (c.1558-1613), wearing black doublet slashed to reveal embroidered white chemise, clustered pearl buttons, white ruff.
Enamel, gilded composition frame with scroll leaf border and cresting, signed and inscribed on the reverse Willm Lord Russell, Baron of/ Thornhaugh, Deputy of Ireland/ in 1588,/ Served under Leicester in Holland./ General of the English Horse in/ Flanders. Govenor of Flushing./ N.B. He was Son of Francis, E. of Bedford./ London,/ Feb. 1817./ Painted by Henry Bone R.A./ Enamel painter in Ordinary to/ His Majesty and Enamel painter to/ H.R.H. The Prince Regent, after/ the Original in the Gallery of/ His Grace the Duke of Bedford/ Woburn Abbey.
Rectangular, 119mm (4 11/16in) high

Footnotes

  • During Russell's tenure as Lord Deputy of Ireland (1594-1597), two opinions divided the government as to how to uphold the peace in Ireland, a country then on the verge of rebellion. One faction sought negotiation with the Irish rebels, while the other, including Russell, favoured military force. Russell's preference prevailed, but the rebellion only strengthened.

    Having defeated and killed the rebel Fiach McHugh O'Byrne (1534–1597), Russell was recalled to England after a dispute with his chief military commander, Sir John Norreys (c.1547–1597), which had proved very harmful to the government. The rebellion raged throughout the Nine Years War (1594-1603) terminating with the Treaty of Mellifont in 1603, the year in which Russell was created 1st Baron of Thornhaugh. Having lost much of his influence at court however, Russell retired to his estates that year, where he died on 9 August 1613. His only child, Francis (1587-1641) became the 4th Earl of Bedford.
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