Lot 301: Attributed to George Frederick Watts (1817-1904) Portrait
To be sold at our Fine Art & Antiques, Wine, Clothing & Textiles on 17th Mar 2016
Attributed to George Frederick Watts (1817-1904) Portrait of a member of the Lutterell Family, thought to be Colonel Francis Lutterell (1792-1862), oil on canvas, inscribed en verso 'Lutterell Dunster Castle', framed, (some distress to frame) 76 x 64cm The Luttrell Family are an ancient family from Devon. The family have lived at Dunster Castle since the end of the 14th century when they purchased Dunster Castle from the De Mohuns family. The castle was expanded several times by the Luttrell family during the 17th and 18th centuries; they built a large manor house within the Lower Ward of the castle in 1617, and this was extensively modernised, first during the 1680s and then during the 1760s. The medieval castle walls were mostly destroyed following the siege of Dunster Castle at the end of the English Civil War, when Parliament ordered the defences to be slighted to prevent their further use. In the 1860s and 1870s, the architect Anthony Salvin was employed to remodel the castle to fit Victorian tastes; this work extensively changed the appearance of Dunster to make it appear more Gothic and Picturesque. Following the death of Alexander Luttrell in 1944, the family was unable to afford the death duties on his estate. The castle and surrounding lands were sold off to a property firm, the family continuing to live in the castle as tenants. The Luttrells bought back the castle in 1954, but in 1976 Colonel Walter Luttrell gave Dunster Castle and most of its contents to the National Trust. As of 2011 the castle is operated by the trust as a tourist attraction; it is a Grade I listed building and scheduled monument.
Price Achieved: £Unsold
This lot was presented at at our Fine Art & Antiques, Wine, Clothing & Textiles on the 17th Mar 2016
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