Constantyn Netscher (The Hague 1668-1723) Portrait of William North, 48.5 x 40 cm. (19 x 15¾ in.)(2)

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Lot 142
Constantyn Netscher
(The Hague 1668-1723)
Portrait of William North, 48.5 x 40 cm. (19 x 15¾ in.)(2)

Sold for £ 16,800 (US$ 23,088) inc. premium
Constantyn Netscher (The Hague 1668-1723)
Portrait of William North, sixth Baron North, second Baron Grey of Rolleston, and Jacobite Earl North (1678–1734), three-quarter-length, in armour, standing beside a marble ledge on which rest his helmet and sword, in a landscape; and Portrait of his wife, Maria Margaretta van Ellemeet (1690?–1762), three-quarter-length, in a blue dress embroidered with gold, and a pink shawl, holding a basket of flowers in a formal garden
the former signed and dated 'Conft. Netfcher.1705' (lower left)
a pair, oil on canvas
48.5 x 40 cm. (19 x 15¾ in.)(2)

Footnotes

  • Taking his seat in the House of Lords on coming of age in 1699, Lord North and Grey in January 1703 received the colonelcy of the 10th regiment of foot in January, 1703 and then at Blenheim, on the 13th August, 1704, where he was wounded and lost his right hand. North accompanied the Duke of Marlborough on his return to England in December and was thereafter promoted Brigadier-general. The present pair of portraits appear to have been painted in celebration of his marriage in October 1705 to Maria Margaretta (1690?–1762), daughter of the Vryheer van Ellemeet, Treasurer of Holland. Maria was a woman of substantial fortune whom contemporaries described as attractive and North's papers reveal numerous love letters which are presumed to be addressed to her.

    Promoted major-general in 1709 and lieutenant-general by 1710, he was present at the battle of Malplaquet and at such major sieges as Lille (1708), Béthune (1710), and Bouchain (1711). In 1712 he entertained the celebrated allied marshall, Prince Eugene during his visit to London. He was sworn a Privy Councillor and created Lord Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire in 1711 and Governor of Portsmouth the following year. An active participant in the House of Lords, North was a staunch Tory throughout his career and with the Hanoverian succession he began to exhibit his Jacobite sympathies more openly. Although he apparently stayed out of the '15 Rising, he was implicated in the Jacobite plots that followed the South Sea Bubble's collapse and was associated with what was known as the Atterbury Plot, which involved a plan for an armed uprising to be launched early in 1722. North was commissioned by the Stuart Pretender as Lieutenant-general and Commander-in-chief for London and Westminster, thus being singled out to play a crucial role in the takeover of the capital. North was given the Jacobite title of Earl North and also designated Lord Regent for the Pretender's restoration. Anticipating his arrest, North made a failed attempt to escape aboard a smuggler's yacht but did not get further than the Isle of Wight, after which he was committed to The Tower of London in October 1722. He never stood trial and was released on bail on the 28th October, 1723. Shortly thereafter he retired, but after years of solicitations North, aided by the Jacobites' most prominent military exile, James, Duke of Ormond, received a Spanish army commission in 1728. The same year he showed his loyalty to the Jacobite cause by converting to Roman Catholicism and subsequently spent his remaining years in embittered exile in Spain.

    After North's death, Maria Margaretta married Patrick Murray, Lord Elibank, and resided with him in Scotland.
Constantyn Netscher (The Hague 1668-1723) Portrait of William North, 48.5 x 40 cm. (19 x 15¾ in.)(2)
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