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Painting - Horace, Lord Vere of Tilbury

Painting - Horace, Lord Vere of Tilbury



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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 Fane, 2nd Earl of Westmorland, in 1640 and the painting may have entered the Westmorland collection then.



Dimensions: 36.25 x 29.75 (921 x 756 mm)


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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.

Vere fought in the Netherlands first as part of the independent English forces under the command of his brother, Sir Frances Vere, and subsequently as commander of the English forces under the authority of the Dutch States General. He participated in various battles, sieges and campaigns including the battles of Nieuwpoort (1600) and Mulheim (1605), and the sieges of Ostende (1601-4), Juliers (1621-22), Breda (1624-25) and Hertogenbosch (1629). Vere returned to England after the fall of Maastricht in 1632. He died in 1635.

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