This is painting number Two of Three family portraits available. (Please refer to Spencelayhs of Cambridgeshire’s 1stdibs storefront) A very rare opportunity to obtain one of three full size family portraits of the renowned Chandos-Pole family of Radbourne Hall, England. These paintings would have been commissioned by the High Sheriff Of Derby, Edward Sacheverell Chandos-Pole circa 1835. The works have been obtained directly from the current Chandos-Pole family and were subsequently removed from the walls of the grand staircase at Radbourne Hall upon their decision to relinquish various works of art in order to subsidise the very much needed renovations of the Hall. The history of the Chandos-Pole family and Radbourne Hall: Radbourne Hall is a Grade I listed English 18th-century Georgian country house, the seat of the Chandos-Pole family which is situated in the Middle of England. The actual Manor of Radbourne has been held by the Chandos family from the time of the Norman Conquest. It is one of the few English landed estates that has passed only by inheritance and marriage since the Conquest, when William the Conqueror’s ally Henry de Ferrers was granted it in the 11th century. Upon the death in 1369 of the seated Sir John Chandos, it passed to his niece who married Sir Peter de la Pole of Newborough, Staffordshire. The death of Sir John Chandos which unbelievably came from a minor skirmish at the battle of Auray, was taken as a terrible regret by BOTH sides, Sir John Chandos was an original founding member and 19th Knight of the order of the Garter in 1348, he was also Viscount of Saint-Sauveur in the Cotentin, a Constable of Aquitaine, Seneschal of Poitou and was a renowned medieval English knight who hailed directly from Radbourne Hall, Derbyshire. Sir John Chandos was also a very close friend of Edward, the Black Prince, who died before his father, The King. Chandos was a gentleman by birth, but unlike most commanders of the day he held no inherited title of nobility. Described by the medieval historian Froissart as "wise and full of devices", as a military strategist, Chandos is believed to have been the incredible mastermind behind three of the most important English victories, those being The Battle of Crécy, The Battle of Poitiers and The Battle of Auray, where he met his demise. As the family descended throughout the years, in 1807 Edward Sacheverell Pole adopted by sign manual (Royal Grant) the additional surname of Chandos to commemorate his descent from Sir John Chandos. Since then the family surname has been Chandos-Pole. Edward Sacherevell Chandos-Pole then became The High Sheriff of Derby, England in 1827, his wife Anna Maria Wilmot, can be seen pictured at the centre of the portrait with two of her children, Charlotte Chandos-Pole as an infant and Charlottes elder brother the namesake to his father, Edward Sacheverell Chandos-Pole who eventually succeeded his father in office as The High Sheriff Of Derby, he was also responsible for the modernisation and extension of the property in 1865. DARWIN: Erasmus Darwin the father to the Celebrated Charles Robert Darwin, FRS FRGS FLS FZS best known for his contributions to the science of evolution also lived at Radbourne Hall briefly, following his second marriage, that being to Elizabeth sacheverall Chandos-Pole, making the portrait subjects closely related to the worlds most famous naturalist, geologist and biologist to date. In addition Lord Byron’s cousin (George) the 7th Baron Byron, the only son of the Hon. George Anson Byron and Charlotte Henrietta Dallas, and grandson of the admiral and explorer The Hon. John Byron, who circumnavigated the world with George Anson in 1740–44 married Elizabeth Mary on 18th March 1816. She was the daughter of Elizabeth Sacheverell Chandos Pole, also of Radbourne Hall. During his lifetime, he became the representative of Sir John Chandos and again by sign manual (Royal Grant) he also assumed the additional surname of Chandos. A succession of Poles and Chandos-Poles were also rectors of St. Andrews Church which is within the grounds of Radbourne where the majority of the previous generations lay at rest, they were: 1715-Samuel Pole 1758-John le Hunt, whose patron was German Pole 1790-Edward Pole, whose patron was Sacheverell Pole 1824- Henry Reginald Chandos-Pole, whose patron was Edward Sacheverell Chandos-Pole and finally, in August 1866 William Chandos-Pole became vicar, whose patrons were John Yarde Buller, Edward Levett and Rev. William Chandos-Pole. Other members of the family who also served as High Sheriff were Samuel Pole (1651–1731), who was the father of Edward Pole, a lieutenant-general, and Charles Pole, a Member of English Parliament. These are not only huge attractive portraits, but portraits with a highly acclaimed English pedigree. Negotiations will be accepted upon interest of all three works
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