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Portraits of Thomas Gooch, V. C. of Cambridge., and his Wife Mary ~ Thomas Murray/Attrib.

£14,800.00

Portraits of Thomas Gooch, V. C. of Cambridge., and his Wife Mary ~ Thomas Murray/Attrib.

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Title: Portrait of Thomas Gooch, Vice Chancellor of the University of Cambridge (1674-1754). Portrait of and his wife, Mary Sherlock.

Artist: Thomas Murray (Attributed to) (1663 – 1734) Scottish

Detail:   A pair of oval oils on canvas: 29 x 24 in. Frame: 37 x 34 in. Circa 1717.Superb period carved gilt carved frames. Old label verso.

Price:    £14,800

Location: Hungerford

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Portrait of Thomas Gooch, Vice Chancellor of the University of Cambridge (1674-1754); and his wife, Mary Sherlock

A pair, both wearing clerical dress, she wearing an orange dress, white chemise and a blue robe.

These paintings were painted circa 1717 and show Thomas Gooch and his wife Mary Sherlock at the time of their marriage. Gooch’s’ preferment in the church was already well advanced. He had served as Chaplain in Ordinary to Queen Anne, he was a lecturer at Greys Inn, had been made Master of Caius College in November 1716 and Vice Chancellor of the University of Cambridge the following year. His wife was the daughter of Dr. William Sherlock, the famous Dean of St. Pauls, and sister of Thomas Sherlock, Master of St. Catherine’s Hall, Cambridge. Gooch and Sherlock were close friends and their joint preferment in the church led the former became in succession, Bishop of Bristol, Norwich, Ely, and the latter, Bishop of Salisbury and London.

 

Provenance: Commissioned by Sir Thomas Gooch, 2nd Baronet of Benacre Hall, Suffolk. Benacre Hall Sale, Suffolk-The property of the late Sir John Gooch,12th Bt., Sotheby’s May 2000. Private collection West Sussex.

Literature:

H.Davy, Seats in Suffolk,1827,’Thomas, the present Baronet, and his Lady;

1918 Inventory, p.116(both) in the Dining Room; 1933 Inventory 208 (both) on the Stairs; Inventory and Valuation of certain pictures, the property of Sir Thomas Gooch Bart, at Benacre Hall, 1940, (both) on the Stairs.

Thomas Murray or Murrey (1663 – 1734) was a prominent Scottish portrait-painter. Thomas Murray received his first lessons in art from one of the De Critz family. Subsequently, he became a pupil of John Riley; like his master, Murray was just a face-painter, leaving the rest of the picture to be completed by others.

Gallery notes: Sotheby’s Benacre Hall sale catalogue, May 2000, accompany the portraits. Our gallery has recently relined and restored both portraits, to conserve for future years.

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