In 1745 he saw military action in support of the King at Culloden and subsequently represented Bedfordshire in Parliament between 1747 and 1753. In 1750, with the patronage of his brother-in-law, he travelled to the Americas; first to Nova Scotia, where he worked assiduously to help establish the newly created colony there and was much esteemed by the settlers, before being appointed to the post of Royal Governor of the Province of New York in 1753. In October of that year, however, shortly after assuming office, he committed suicide in the garden of his house in New York, no longer able to bear the loss of his beloved wife. His body was interred at Trinity Church, in Manhattan, before being repatriated to Chicksands in 1754.
A Flemish artist from Ghent, Petrus Johannes van Reysschoot came to England between circa 1736 and 1743, having won a prize at the Paris Academy in 1730. In England he painted history and sporting scenes, which show the influence of both Hayman and Wootton, and had a good portrait practice particularly among Midlands gentry.
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