George Perfect Harding (British, born circa 1780-1853) Four portraits of historical figures including Sir William Stanley KG (c.1435-1495)

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Lot 334
George Perfect Harding
(British, born circa 1780-1853)
Four portraits of historical figures including Sir William Stanley KG (c.1435-1495)

£ 500 - 700
US$ 610 - 860
George Perfect Harding (British, born circa 1780-1853)
Four portraits of historical figures including Sir William Stanley KG (c.1435-1495).
Watercolour on vellum, gilded maple wood frames.
Rectangular, 108mm (4 1/4in) high (4)

Footnotes

  • Sir William Stanley was an English soldier and the younger brother of Thomas Stanley, 1st Earl of Derby KG (1435-1504). Stanley fought with his troops in several battles during the Wars of the Roses but he is best known for his action at the Battle of Bosworth Field (22 August 1485), where he decisively attacked the Yorkists under Richard III, helping to secure Henry VII's victory. In gratitude for his timely intervention, the new king bestowed many favours upon him, including the new position of Lord Chamberlain.

    Stanley was later convicted of treason and executed for his support of the pretender, Perkin Warbeck (1474-1499) who claimed to be Richard of Shrewsbury, Duke of York, the younger son of King Edward IV. Stanley readily admitted to his support of Warbeck despite circumstantial evidence as he hoped a full confession would lead to his release. Fearing the consequences if Stanley was pardoned, the King decided to made an example of him and the execution went ahead in 1495.
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