ca. 1732 Watson-Wentworth and Finch Families by Charles Philips (Yale Center for British Art, Yale University - New Haven, Connecticut, USA) persons

In case the idea of rural aristocracy could be missed, the artist, Mr. Charles Philips, placed a sheep almost in the middle of the group.

The man in the center is probably Charles Watson-Wentworth, 2nd Marquess of Rockingham, styled The Hon. Charles Watson-Wentworth before 1733, Viscount Higham between 1733 and 1746, Earl of Malton between 1746 and 1750, and The Marquess of Rockingham in 1750. He served as PM twice. He died of influenza during his second term. He was dealing with the close of the American Revolution at the time. He died without issue. The Lady beside him might be Mary Bright or Mary Liddell. Wikipedia states he married Mary Bright while thepeerage states he married Mary Liddell.

The older man wearing the order sash and order star may be his father, Thomas Watson-Wentworth, 1st Marquess of Rockingham. He married Lady Mary Finch who cannot be identified here (see Mary Bright’s image for an explanation). They had one son, seen here, and two daughters, probably seen here. Mary Finch’s father, Daniel Finch, 7th Earl of Winchilsea, had many children of both genders, some of whom can probably be seen here. I hope I got this straight.

The young man in green appears to have a five o’clock shadow.

From Wikimedia. The original has numerous spots throughout that were removed with Photoshop. Many spots were in the seams between stones, the shadows cast by moldings, and other darker structural features. The group was excerpted with Photoshop and the size was then doubled so this image has a height of 126.75 cm at a resolution of 24.41 pixels/cm (62 pixels per inch).

ca. 1732 Watson-Wentworth and Finch Families by Charles Philips (Yale Center for British Art, Yale University - New Haven, Connecticut, USA) persons Wm

The mature women wear over-bodices with vee waistlines and plunging vee necklines and either chemises with more modest square necklines and fichus and/or chemises with demure vee necklines. All Ladies wear caps, hats, or veils and appear to have short and relatively straight coiffures. Some of the girls appear to be wearing miniature evening dresses with square or scoop necklines. All of the skirts are filled - presumably by metal supports or petticoats. Only one bodice is shown with laces, the yellow one to the left while the bow worn by woman to the right in green and the floral sprig worn by the woman in yellow to the left of her could conceal fastenings.

The pricipal characteristic of the mature women’s dresses in this British group portrait from around 1732 is simplicity.

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