The arms and crests are those of Stuart for John, 3rd Earl of Bute KG (1713-92).
Works of Art from the Bute Collection, sold by order of the Executors and the Trustees of the Residue Funds of the 6th Marquess of Bute, Christie's, London, 3rd July 1997, lot 78
Educated at Eton, the 3rd Earl of Bute was knighted 10 July 1738 at Holyrood House and later held the offices of Lord of the Bedchamber to Frederick, Prince of Wales, 1750-1; Groom of the Stole to George, Prince of Wales, 1756-60; Secretary of State for the North, 1761-2; Prime Minister, 1761-62; and Ranger of Richmond Park, 1761 until his death. He was also a trustee of the British Museum from 1765. In 1736 he married Mary, only daughter of Edward Wortley-Montagu, of Wortley, co. York, who was in 1761 created suo jure Baroness Mount Stuart of Wortley. After retiring from politics, Lord Bute purchased the estate of Luton Hoo, Bedfordshire, for £94,700, with additional sums going to expanding the park to 1,200 acres and rebuilding the house to the designs of Robert Adam.
The Earl of Chesterfield remarked on the 3rd Earl, 'he had honour, honesty, and good intentions. He was too proud to be respectable or respected. Too cold and silent to be amiable, too cunning to have great ability, and his inexperience made him to preciptately undertake what it disabled him from executing.'
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