Posts tagged ‘buffcoat’

November 19, 2012

Colonel Sir John Booth

Painted by Edward Bower. I can’t find anything about the good Colonel, apart from the fact that he came from Dunham Massey where this splendid picture hangs. Presumably he was a Parliamentarian as Bower generally painted like minded subjects. Let me know please if you know any more. He is arrayed in military splendour, but looks more like he’s just taken a break from a hunt in the woods. If you compare him with the picture of Denzil Holles you’ll see what I mean. Lovely candy stripes of braid or embroidery on his doublet and breeches, a fine pair of soft boots with spurs, buff coat with back and breast armour, fur lined glove on one hand and an armoured gauntlet on the left to protect the hand that holds the reins.The ensemble is finished with a black taffeta scarf (sash) tied at the rear, red ribbon bows on his breeches and a pair of outrageous tassels on the cord holding his tiny powder flask at the hip. Hopefully his firelock isn’t loaded. He may get a nasty shock if it goes off half-cock!

Update, from the NT website: The sitter was the fifth son of Sir George Booth (1566-1652) and Catherine Anderson, the daughter of Sir Edmund Anderson, Chief Justice of the Court of Common Pleas. He married twice: firstly to Dorothy St John, daughter of Sir Anthony St John, the younger son of Oliver, Earl of Bolingbroke; and secondly, in 1659, to Anne, widow of Thomas Legh of Adlington. In 1651 he was accused of conspiring with the Scots to restore Charles II and imprisoned in the Tower of London. He is buried in Chester Cathedral.

October 21, 2012

Daniel Goodricke by unknown artist

Painted in 1634, Daniel Goodrick had just returned from the Thirty Years War and was yet to rise to the rank of Sergeant Major in the Parliament army. He is a confection of several colours. Bright red breeches and almost completely braided slashed sleeves, (through which you can see his shirt and the red lining) on his doublet under a leather buffcoat with braided seams. The falling band shows off a wide edge of bobbin lace over a metal gorget. On his hip he holds a red blocked hat with ostrich plumes, and hanging from a black sash is the Order of Gustavus Adolphus. This painting is owned by the York Museums Trust

September 21, 2012

Charles Cavendish

Born at Chatsworth in Derbyshire, Cavendish was a the second son of William Cavendish second Earl of Devonshire and served as prominent officer in the royalist army. He was killed in battle in 1643. He is painted by an unknown artist as very much the high status officer with buffcoat and breastplate armour. His breeches and doublet sleeves are almost completely covered in braid, and although he has a very plain falling band and shirt cuffs, the tassels on his bandstrings are very fancy. His red scarf is tied horizontally across his waist, the standard manner for buffcoat and armour. The original hangs in Hardwick Hall in Derbyshire.

June 9, 2012

Sir Thomas Wharton

Painted by Van Dyck in 1639, Sir Thomas was a royalist and member of the Oxford parliament in exile during the war. Interestingly his brother Philip, Baron Wharton was prominent for Parliament, commanding a regiment in the Earl of Essex’s army for a while. Even allowing for Van Dyck’s customary embellishment of his subjects, Sir Thomas is sumptuously dressed as the military man, with an embroidered silk doublet and breeches, short buffcoat, tied with metallic cord and a red garter ribbon. Notice the shirt has been pulled out for effect where his buffcoat has been left untied. His falling band is plain, but his boots and boothose are quite magnificent. The ostrich plume on his hat isn’t a cheap accessory either. The original hangs in the Hermitage museum, St Petersburg.

Detail of the boots.

I’d love to know what the insignia is hanging from his left hip on a red scarf. I originally thought it was the Order of the Garter, but the riband ought to be a shade of blue and the medal definitely isn’t a lesser George.

June 9, 2012

Nathaniel Fiennes

Engraved by Hollar in 1644, the prominent parliamentarian and Lord Saye and Sele, pictured in an oval with mad hair. Fiennes looks like he just came from the battlefield with his falling band tied up with ribbon and his gorget over his buffcoat. A portrait of him in a sleeved buffcoat hangs at his ancestral home, Broughton Castle but here he has cloth sleeves attached and well braided. His coat is tied with decorative ribbons rather than the lacing which seems to go with all the museum coats still remaining.

June 7, 2012

Sir Simon Fanshawe

Painted by Dobson, Sir Simon was a royalist who was captured during the war and spent the rest of the 1640s in exile in France. He was also an associate member of the Sealed Knot during the interregnum.

Sir Simon wears a sleeveless buffcoat with pointed waistline, spirally laced and rather similar in style to the one held in Kensington Palace, reputed to belong to the King. Here’s a link to a blog post about it. The sleeves are embroidered or maybe laced (meaning braid), and may be part of a doublet or may just be attached to the lining of his leather coat. He has a falling band which is half linen/half lace and matching, though not identically coloured breeches. The colour of the breeches suggest that the sleeves are not part of a doublet/breeches combination but attached to his coat. He also has an almost impracticably long sword baldrick, which is fringed with metallic threads that match the decoration on his sleeves.

The portrait hangs in the Valance House Museum in Dagenham Essex.

February 19, 2012

Colonell Edward Massey

Painted by an unknown artist. Massey was govenor of Gloucester during the war and held the town in a predominantly royalist area for parliament. Very fine buffcoat with scalloped edges to the oversleeves. This painting hangs in the Gloucester Museum and is thought to have been cut from a larger work.

February 14, 2012

Henry Colthurst

Etched by Hollar in 1644. I can find no information about Henry, but he seems pretty well-to-do in gorget and buff coat with a rather splendid full face helm on the table. Plain falling band and a simple baldrick. Note the small buckle.

February 1, 2012

John, 2nd Baron Poulett

Not to be confused with the owner of Basing House, John was a member of parliament from Somerset who fought for the King, leading the garrison of Winchester Castle for a time. Painted by John Hayls, he is wearing a good, sturdy but basic cut buffcoat and and understated red scarf around his waist.

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