1699 William III period, Oil Painting by Verelst(?) of Baron of the Exchequer, Nicholas Lechmere.(1613-1701)


John Verelst  (1648-1734) , born and known also as Johannes or Jan, was a Dutch Golden Age painter. He was the youngest of three sons of the painter Pieter Hermansz Verelst; all became known as painters. Most notably, he painted the portraits of the four "Mohauk Kings", emissaries from Canadian First Peoples to Queen Anne. These paintings were eventually given to Canada by Queen Elizabeth, and in 2010 a Canadian postage stamp featured the images. This painting is signed J Verelst and dated 1699 on the middle right. The painting and frame are certainly late 17th century. After Queen Mary died Willam III reigned alone. The signature and date are likely to be genuine, but aggrandizement has certainly been known in the past.

Sir Nicholas Lechmere (1613-1701) of Hanley Castle, Worcestershire, studied law at Oxford, and pursued a glittering legal and parliamentary career, ending up as Baron of the Exchequer until 1700.

His descendants had exciting and notable lives themselves, one being refugeed out of Halifax, as the American War of Independence concluded. He lost all his plantations in the American colonies, being on the British side, but was still, fortunately, not poor. He lived in exile, opulently, in Britain.

The fabulous original, intricately carved wood, late 17th century frame is 96 cm tall and 83 cm wide. Print is a known portrait of Sir Nicholas from the British Portrait Gallery.

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