A well-executed portrait of *Nathanial Crew(e), third Baron Crew (1633-1722), bishop of Durham, studio of Sir Godfrey Kneller. The subject, posed in his red peer robes without his wig stares out confidently at the viewer.
Sir Godfrey Kneller was a leading portrait painter working in England during the late 17th and early 18th century. He was born in Lubreck, Germany, and studied under Rembrandt. He settled in England in 1676 where he ran a successful studio and became a court painter to the monarchy and members of the aristocracy.
*Nathanial Crewe was born at Steane, Northamptonshire on 31 January 1633. He was the fourth son of John Crewe,1st Baron Crewe of Steane and Jemima Waldegrave. He became rector of Lincoln College in 1668 and Bishop of Oxford in 1671 at the age of only 37. He spent time at court and formed close ties with the Duke of York, later James II and through him was made Bishop of Durham in 1674. He married Penelope Tynte in 1691 and succeeded his elder brother Thomas as 3rd Baron Crewe in 1697. After the death of his first wife, he married Dorothy Forster in 1700. His neice Jemima Crewe married Henry Grey, Earl of Kent who later became 1st Duke of Kent in 1710. Crewe died at Steane on 18 September 1721. As he died childless the peerage came to an end, however he left a lasting legacy in his will which established Lord Crewe’s charity.
The painting is housed in a period gilt frame which is in excellent condition.
|Image Size||30 inches x 24 inches (76cm x 61cm)|
|Framed Size||44 inches x 32 inches (112cm x 81.5cm)|