portrait of lady antrobus and her son on horseback c 1855 by james loder of bath

Portrait of Lady Antrobus and her Son on Horseback c. 1855, by James Loder of Bath.



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Oil on canvas in a gilt frame. Signed lower right; 'Loder, Bath.'
A plaque on the frame is inscribed 'Lady Antrobus and Son at Ottershaw Park, Surrey. James Loder.' and the incorrect birth and death dates for Loder 'c1800 - c1865'.
This is a particularly enchanting painting depicting Lady Antrobus and, most likely, her eldest son Edmund, later the 4th Baronet; presumably the small dog to the right was a favourite pet. The riders are shown outside Ottershaw Park, which belonged to the extremely wealthy Richard Crayshaw who had bought the estate in 1842.
Lady Antrobus was born Marianne Georgia Dashwood, daughter of Sir George Dashwood 4th Bart. and Marianne Sarah Rowley, Lady Dashwood in 1822. In 1847 she married Sir Edmund Antrobus, 3rd Bart. DL. JP. High Sheriff of Wiltshire in 1880, MA Cantab, MP East Surrey from 1841-7 and for Wilton 1855-77. He was born 1818, died 1899. Sir Edmund was the eldest son of Sir Edmund, 2nd Baronet, of Antrobus Hall, Cheshire and Amesbury, Wiltshire. The union had produced six children. Amongst the Antrobus possessions was the ancient site, Stonehenge.
The Antrobus family was an ancient one, originally from Cheshire, but their principal seat Antrobus Hall was sold to Thomas Venables Esquire in 1460. It was later, in 1808, repurchased by the the Antrobus family. Demolished in 1980.
Lady Antrobus died in 1903 and is buried at the Church of St Mary and St Melor, Amesbury, Wiltshire. Her son Edmund, the boy in the painting, was born in 1848 and died in 1915.
JAMES LODER (1784-1860) was known as 'Loder of Bath', did not exhibit in London but was well known as a local painter of horses and sporting groups. He lived and worked in Bath at the end of the Georgian and into the Victorian era, though his style is firmly rooted into the earlier style. Some of his pictures were aquatinted by G. Hunt.
SIZE: 27 x 34 inches inc. frame.
PROVENANCE: Private Collection, North of England.
Internal Ref: 9005


Height = 68 cm (27")
Width = 86 cm (34")
Depth = 5 cm (2")

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