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Jack Henshaw (b.1731/1732), Gamekeeper

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This is a full-length portrait of Jack Henshaw, aged 60, standing against a tree, holding a long forked pole and a brace. A hare is lying to the gamekeeper's right and two dogs look up at him. The house in the background is Dyffryn Aled, the home of Philip Yorke's second wife. The coat of arms with three blackbirds, a chevron and motto may be bogus.

There are two sets of servant portraits at Erddig and this is one of the first set. Individual portraits of servants are not uncommon, but the sets at Erddig, which established a tradition later carried on in the form of photographs, may be unique. The first set was painted in the 1790s for Philip Yorke I, who wrote and published the 'Crude-Ditties' accompanying them. The second set was painted for his son and successor, Simon Yorke II, who never had himself portrayed.

Jack Henshaw (b.1731/1732), Gamekeeper




oil on canvas


H 109.5 x W 92 cm

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gift from Philip Yorke III along with the estate, house and other contents, 1973

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Wrexham (Wrecsam) LL13 0YT Wales

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