From the Pendarves Archive Sale June 2013

Lot 200, Circle of Hayman

Portrait of Alexander Pendarves of Roskrow

Oil on Canvas, Circa 1705, 74 X 61 cm

Estimate £4,000-£5,000

SOLD for £5,000


Alexander Pendarves (1662 – 1726) was a wealthy Cornish landowner and Tory politician, being Member of Parliament for Penryn, Saltash, Helston and Launceston. His estate was at Roskrow, a large property near Penryn.

He is most noteable for his second marriage. At the age of 60, he secured himself Mary Granville as a bride. She was just 17. Mary was the niece of his friend and political ally Lord Landsdowne, who emotionally blackmailed her into the marriage, assuring her of security and financial independence for her family. Mary was an intelligent and engaging writer and fortunately much of her correspondence survived. She describes Pendarves, who she called Gromio, thus:

“He was excessively fat, of a brown complexion, negligent in his dress, and took a vast quantity of snuff which gave him a dirty look: his eyes were black, small, lively and sensible; he had a honest countenance but altogether a person rather disgusting than engaging.”

Pendarves was often gout ridden, he was a drunk and he was insanely jealous. For eight miserable years she bore her marriage with grace and fortitude. Mary was 25 when he died and after all that she had endured, it transpired that he hadn’t changed his will. She was left with nothing but a small widows pension. The estate of Roskrow went to his niece Mary Bassett of Tehidy.

Despite this very unfortunate start in life, Mary Pendarves, (later becoming Mrs Delany) blossomed into one of the 18th Century’s most enchanting figures. By the 1780’s she had acquired an almost legendary status, embodying the virtues of the passing age of enlightenment: propriety, style and wit, this combined with her kindness and goodness of heart made her greatly loved by a huge circle of friends – many of which are some of the great names of the age: Handel, Hogarth, Swift, Pope, Garrick. She was wooed by John Wesley and painted by Opie. She is best known for her beautiful, botanically accurate, flower collages, of which there are nearly a 1000. An astonishing project which she began at the age of 72. They are now housed in the British Museum. Her creativity drew her to the attention of George III and Queen Charlotte, who became so fond of her that they moved her to Windsor to be near them in her final years. Her extraordinary life has been the subject of several books.

Lot 112

SKETCH-BOOK. “Views taken in different parts of England.” signed L. Wynne. 30 well finished detailed watercolours, each described on the blank reverse opposite; Stonehenge, two Teignmouth, Chudleigh, Haytor Rocks, three Tamar, Fowey, Polperrow, Malpas, Mount’s Bay, Wells, Dunster, four Ilfracombe, Linmouth, Clovelly, Biddiford, Barnstaple, two Warwick Castle, Keddleston House, Robin Hood Stones Derbyshire, Newbath Matlock, Near Matlock, Matlock Bath, Blenheim House. Also page pencil sketches trees, orig calf-backed marble bds, oblong folio 9 x 13ins vg condition (one date noted “Sheldon – opposite Teignmouth, Bellona privateer sank Sept, 1779).

Estimate: £1,500-£3,000

SOLD for £23,000

Lot 113

SKETCH-BOOK. Interesting and Important Sketchbook. “Views taken in Ireland. Many of which are published by Mr Sandby in his Vertuosi’s Museum.” signed L. Wynne. 30 views, some well finished watercolours of an Irish Tour. “Dublin fr. Phoenix park, the Royal Hospital Ec.”, “Trim castle, engraved by P. Sandby.”, “L. Belvideres.”, “Views of Drogheda…”, “Cascade Powercourt.”, “Glendaloch.”, “Inniscorthy.”, “Dunbroady Abbey…P. Sandby.”, “Dunbroady Abbey…Ross river.”, “The Passage over Waterford harbour…”, “Carrick-beg…P. Sandby.”, “Kinsale.”, “The Fort at Kinsale fr Gen Folliots summer house.”, “Cataract…Bantry.”, Ross Castle on ye Lake of Killarny…P. Sandby.”, Lake Killarney fr Mucrap.”, Eagle’s nest Killarney.”, “Lake Killarney.”, “Cascade…Killarney.”, “Dunlow castle – Killarney.”, “O’Sullivan’s Cascade, Killarney.”, “Addair Castle.”, “Abbey at Addair.”, “Archbishop’s Palace, Cashel.”, “Cathedral and Rock of Cashel.”, “St. John’s bridge, Kilkenny,”, “Castle at Kilkenny – Entrance.”, “Kildare Abbey.”, “Fall of ye Liffy…”. (2 of 30 views in this album are:- “Bridgenorth-Shropshire, 1774. Mr Sandby has made a large print of this drawing.”; and “Bildemas or Bildas Abbey, Shropshire…” orig calf-backed marble bds, oblong folio 9 x 13ins, vg condition.

Estimate £2,00-£4,000

SOLD for £10,000