Vetusta Monumenta: Ancient Monuments, a Digital Edition

Plates 3.33-3.37: Six Views of Cowdray House (Original Explanatory Account)


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Dear Sir, IT is with real concern that I desire yo to communicate to the Society any particulars of the loss which our national history has sustained by the destruction of Lord MONTAGU’s house at COWDRY.

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To compensate for their loss, this is in some degree moderate by the exertions of the Society in causing them to be enraged, I have the pleasure to say that the capital drawing by Isaac Oliver of the three brothers and their attendant, of which that excellent judge of the merit of such performances speaks so highly1, together with the copy of it by Sherwin, are both saved; and I saw them in the hands of the butler, who lives in Midhurst.

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Henry, fifth viscount, three portraits1, and two of his lady, Barbara daughter of James Walsingham of Chesterford, Essex, esquire, 1725.

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Henry, fifth viscount, three portraits1, and two of his lady, Barbara daughter of James Walsingham of Chesterford, Essex, esquire, 1725.

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Charles Somerset, created earl of Worcester, and lord chamberlain for life, 5 Henry VIII. was sent into France, with Richard Cox, afterwards bishop of Ely, Thomas [Wolsey] bishop of Durham, and Thomas duke of Norfolk, to confirm the articles of peace with our king; whereupon the city of Tournay was rendered, and the princess Mary the king’s daughter betrothed to the dauphin6.

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afterwards the ships in Brest harbour. To this he was induced by the representation of a Spanish knight, who affirmed that he might enter the Bay with little hazard. On St. Mark’s day, April 25, the Admiral put himself in a small row-barge, attended with three other small rowing ships and his own boat.

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return out of Spain. He was saluted by the Vice Admiral of England, Sir William Fitz Willam, afterwards Earl of Southampton, who then lay, with a fleet of the King’s ships, for the protection of the passage between Dover and Calais.

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The duke of Suffolk had to his second wife Anne daughter of Sir Anthony Browne, knight, governor of Calais, who first settled at Cowdray, and by her had issue before marriage a daughter Anne, married to Edward Grey lord Powis.

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The first of the historic paintings here noticed in the Anecdotes of Painting, (I. 99.) mentioned before (p. 5.) “represents Francis I. on his throne, with his courtiers and the Duke of Suffo, (so it is written) and the Earl of Southampton, standing before him on an embassy.” This, it is observed, is by much the worst of the three, and has been repainted.

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one side, and a cupola of three stories in the centre; the roof coved with carved Irish oak, and its walls painted with architecture by Robert, the statues by Goupe. At the upper end was a buck standing, carved in brown wood; on the shoulder a shield with the arms Engleand; under it, the arms of Browne with many quarterings, carved in wood.

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Sir Anthony was again represented, together with his Royal Master, on horseback, at their meeting between Calais and Marquison’, and in the procession of king Edward VI. in the fame collection1.

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Below was another picture of the same person, and of “ Maulde, daughter of Johan Hotham, of Holtherness:” an urn between them as above. Date 1534. He was here also in armour, a spear in his left-hand.

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The famous picture, by Oliver, of three brothers of the family who accidentally met abroad, and their page, whole lengths.

Lewis XIV. Passing the Rhine.

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