James Latham
The Rt Hon. Sir Capel Molyneux 1740

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James Latham 1696–1747
The Rt Hon. Sir Capel Molyneux
Date 1740
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 1346 x 1080 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1947
Not on display

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Sir Capel Molyneux (1717-1797) of Castle Dillon, Co. Armagh, succeeded his elder brother as 3rd Baronet in 1738. It is likely that the portrait

was painted soon afterwards to mark this event - so the later inscription may record its correct date. The sitter holds a paper inscribed ‘Plan of Improvements’, perhaps to suggest his lofty aspirations in public life. Molyneux was Member of Parliament for Dublin University 1769-76. Latham was the leading Irish portrait painter of the early eighteenth century. He studied in Antwerp in the 1720s and brought back a sense of lively Baroque


, bold and colourful brushwork.

February 2010

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