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Portrait of Sir Charles Shuckburgh Bt. (1659-1705) 1690s

Michael Dahl (1659-1743)

Portrait of Sir Charles Shuckburgh Bt. (1659-1705), Michael Dahl
Oil on canvas
17th Century
50 X 40 inches (124 x 99 cm)
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This painting - which ranks amongst the most distinguished of Dahl's male portraits - represents Sir Charles Shuckburgh, 2nd Bart. of Shuckburgh, Warwickshire. He was the only son of Sir John by his wife Catherine, daughter of Sir Hatton Fermor, and held numerous important positions including Master of the Buckhounds to Queen Anne, High Sheriff of Warwickshire, 1685-7, and Member of Parliament for that county 1698-1705.

He married Catherine, daughter of Sir Hugh Stewkley, 2nd Bart. of Hinton, in 1679, and had by her four sons and two daughters. He was succeeded in the baronetcy by his eldest son, John.

Dahl's portrait shows the sitter holding a whip in his right hand that is capped with an ornate gold top handle, and wearing the green official livery of Master of the Buckhounds: one of Queen Anne's hounds sits at his side. Sir Charles was a keen Sportsman and a convivial entertainer; as Celia Fiennes wrote following her visit to the family seat Shuckburgh Hall in 1697, ''he treated us very handsonely that night, a good supper serv'd in plaite and very good wine, and good beds...the house stands within a good parke, the deer so tame as to come up near the gate. The house looks very handsone built of brick and stone; very well furnish'd''.
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