Lot 12
  • 12

John Michael Wright and Studio

8,000 - 12,000 GBP
8,000 GBP
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  • John Michael Wright and Studio
  • Portrait of Heneage Finch, 1st Earl of Nottingham, Lord Chancellor, in Peer's robes with the purse of the Privy Seal
  • inscribed on the relining, transcribed from the original canvas: Jo s Mich. Wright,/ London Reginis Pictor/ Pinxit 1675
  • oil on canvas
  • 106.4 x 101 cm.; 41 7/8  x 39 3/4  in.


The Earls of Arran;
Anonymous sale, London, Sotheby's, 14 March 1984, lot 25;
Where acquired by the present owner.

Catalogue Note

A three-quarter length version of the full-length portrait of Heneage Finch by Wright in the Inner Temple, London, after which there are a number of engravings. That painting is one of twenty-two portraits, commissioned by the Aldermen of the City of London for public display in the Guildhall, of the so-called 'Fire Judges', who were appointed to assess property claims and boundary disputes in the wake of the Great Fire of London. After a competition among artists, Wright was selected and proceeded to paint the full series between 1671 and 1675, at £36 each. Another three-quarter length version of the portrait by Wright can be found at Longleat.