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Purchased from Sothebys, 9 July, 1975,: Lot 2, with the assistance of the National Art Collections Fund. Sold by the Earl of Westmorland, 1892, and bought by Major A.C. Tempest , a Vere descendant; recorded at Broughton Hall, Yorks., in June 1945, by J.G. Mann (mss note in his copy of Veres 'Commentaries') and sold by Trustees of Captain Stephen Tempest. Mary, Horace Vere's second daughter married Mildmay Fave, 2nd Earl of Westmorland, in 1640 and the painting may have entered the Westmorland collection then.

Physical Description

Three-quarter length, facing half right, wearing a white silk 'peasecod' doublet and black and gold paned trunks and cannions, a gorget under a falling cambric collar. Gold-embroidered sword-belt with hilts of swept-hilt rapier and matching dagger are visible. He carries a spear-headed, tasselled leading staff.


Dimensions: 36.25 x 29.75 (921 x 756 mm)


Places England?


Attricuted to George Gower, presumably on the basis of the eyes ('bulbous and out-staring'), Roy Strong 'The English Icon', p. 167

Sir Horace Vere, 1st Lord Vere of Tilbury, (1565-1635) was granted a reversion of the office of Master General of the Ordnance in 1616 and officially took office in 1629. Succeeded by Earl of Newport in 1634.