Francis Legh

Painted in the late 1630s, Francis Legh was one of the Leghs of Lyme and held the estate of Lyme Park in Cheshire for a year or so until he died in 1643. He is quite soberly dressed in a brown doublet and linen band. The details on the band are quite clear in this portrait, it’s easy to see the darts at the back, the simple strings and the work on the bobbin lace edging that is matched on his cuffs. This is a short tabbed doublet, quite old fashioned for the 1640s, but still worn by older folk. The sleeves have open seams to show the fine linen on his shirt, although I’ve not seen the openings quite as low as this before.. His  sword seems hang from a belt that is partly waistband partly over the shoulder. Portrait hangs in it’s original home, Lyme Park Cheshire

 

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2 Comments to “Francis Legh”

  1. I’m wondering if that’s a baldric over his shoulder and the girdle has been left in place as it’s difficult to remove without affecting the doublet fitting

    • Good point. There’s something odd going on here. If he’s wearing a baldrick, why bother with the girdle? It shouldn’t make any difference to the fit of the doublet. Maybe he just liked it, or perhaps there was an obvious unfaded patch under the girdle?

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