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Oil Painting - Sir Thomas Holte (1571-1654), 1st Baronet of Aston Hall

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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1885P3184
Collection:Fine Art Paintings and Sculpture
Date:1600 - 1625


Sir Thomas Holte (1571-1654) was the builder of Aston Hall, Birmingham, 1618-35. There is a full-length version of the portrait at in Birmingham's collection which is an early 18th century pastiche based on this picture, showing Aston Hall in the background.

When this (the original) portrait was painted, Aston Hall had not yet been built. The portrait was in the house when it was sacked by Parliamentary forces on Christmas day 1643 and it was possibly damaged at this time, the remnants being kept by the family and used as the basis for the pastiche a generation later. The surface of the painting shows signs of cuts and damage to the face and chest area, possibly caused by deliberate defacement.

Bequeathed by Charles Holte Bracebridge, 1872.

Further Information

Production Period:17th century
School/Style:British School
Medium:Oil on wood panel.

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Height:41 3/4 inch
Width:35 inch