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Philip Burlton

by George Townshend, 4th Viscount and 1st Marquess Townshend
pen and ink, 1751-1758
6 1/4 in. x 9 1/4 in. (157 mm x 235 mm)
Bequeathed by Robert Wyndham Ketton-Cremer, 1971
NPG 4855(41)

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Mr.E.P.Daly

23 May 2017, 16:56

The artist, Viscount Townshend was known to Lord EdwardSmith-Stanley who had a keen interest in horse racing. Both were Whigs serving in the coalition government of 1783 under Charles JamesF ox,as was Sir John Lindsay KB. Fox was a member of the Jockey Club and Philip Burlton was known to all parties. And Lord Mansfield was aware of the JockeyClub from its inception in 1750. He also a Whig.

Mr.E.P.Daly

18 May 2017, 14:23

Further to my last entry I can confirm the sitter was a member of the Jockey Club and registered from 1753 to his death in 1790. I was correct he was a horse breeder, trainer and indeed rider! Winning the Oaks in 1784 with his horse Stella. Horace Walpole referred to Philip as "My friend Mr.Burlton". Burlton also trained a colt and a filly: Wickham and The Maid of the Mill where he was domiciled in Essex. He married a widow called
Frances Marston who was given Wickham Mills in Essex as a home by a relative. Philip Burlton was quite a wealthy man and known to the aristocracy of the day.

Mr.E.P.Daly

10 May 2017, 17:41

Only that the sitter is linked to SirJohnLindsay KB,Prince of Arcot. Horseracing is the
link if not horse breeding/training, of which Sir John had an interest. The latter forms part of my research in to his daughter: Dido Elizabet hBelle. I have paperwork linking the two
men together in the late 1780's---SirJohn dies shortly afterwards in June 1788. Sir John is painted twice by his brother-in-law Allan Ramsay of Kinkell.

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