A Portrait of William Aislabie of Studley Royal, by Jonathan Richardson (1667-1745).

Oil on canvas, 127cm by 132cm.

William Aislabie (1700-1781), was a landowner and Tory politician who sat in the House Of Commons for a remarkable, unbroken period of over sixty years.

He was the husband of Lady Elizabeth Cecil, daughter of John, 6th Earl of Exeter (1674-1721). See PIC 082.

The artist was a noted portrait painter who is said to have influenced the works of both William Hogarth (1697-1764) and Sir Joshua Reynolds (1723-1792).

He is also known to have formed one of the most important collections of Old Master paintings of his time.


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