I am delighted to be able to join back in this month with Barbara who hosts Paint Monthly. It has been a while, but once again I am organised, I am also organised for next month too! You can find the other posts here at Coastal Ripples. Thank you for hosting Barbara.
So, what do I have to share with you this month.
I love to be able to share the paintings that we have at Basildon Park, so my next two choices are both paintings which reside there. This month it is a picture of King Charles II painted by Sir Peter Lely. Sorry the picture is a little grainy, the light has not been good!
Lely lived from 1618 to 1680. We don't know the date the picture was painted, but it is thought that it is mid 17th Century. King Charles II lived from 1630 to 1685, and the painting shows him in his ceremonial armour with his crown beside him.
The reason the painting has come to Basildon Park is an interesting one, and it is this aspect of the picture that I wanted to share with you.
King Charles daughter, Lady Charlotte Fitzroy, married Sir Henry Lee of Ditchfield, he went on to become 1st Earl Litchfield after being given the honour by King Charles II. Their descendant Lady Charlotte Lee married Henry, 11th Viscount Dillon in 1744.
Many years later, Lady Iliffe's sister Irene married Michael 20th Viscount Dillon. Lord and Lady Edward Langton Iliffe were the last owners of Basildon Park. The Dillon family lost their family home Ditchley Park many years before the marriage between Irene and Michael, so they had many items of furniture and paintings etc to find homes for. They decided therefore to loan a number of paintings and some furniture to Lord and Lady Iliffe to furnish a room at Basildon Park, and they continue to loan these items to the National Trust.
So, in a roundabout way Basildon Park is now able to display these paintings and a bed. These are all housed in a bedroom and when Irene and Michael came to say they used this bedroom!
It is quite a tale to try and get your head around, but it means that we have some lovely paintings on display and they tell more of the Iliffe family story and that of their extended family.
I find it so interesting that a painting can tell us so much not only about the picture itself, but the journey that it has been on.
I wonder if you have any pictures that have been on long journeys like this one? Do share if you have.