Old Masters on display at Hatchlands Park
The Cobbe Collection doesn’t stop with the musical instruments, there’s also a group of remarkable paintings to discover. The collection of Old Masters originated in the 18th century with Archbishop Charles Cobbe (1686 – 1765) who collected a large number of Italian and Dutch paintings for his home, Newbridge House near Dublin. Pictures were added over the centuries and the collection continues to grow. Below you can find a few of the highlights.
Catherine Eliza Cobbe, the Honourable Mrs Pelham (1761-1839) by Jean-Laurent Mosnier |
Daughter of Thomas and Lady Betty Cobbe, Catherine Cobbe made her society debut at Dublin Castle in 1777, where she was described as ‘not so beautiful as, but vastly in the style of’ Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire. Astonishingly, to achieve her tiny figure, it's rumoured that the young Miss Cobbe used to hang herself from an iron staple fixed to a the ceiling, so that her maid could lace her bodice as tightly as possible.
Barbara Villiers, Countess of Castlemaine and Duchess of Cleveland (1641-1709) with her Daughter, Lady Charlotte FitzRoy (1664 - 1718) by Sir Peter Lely and Studio |
Barbara Villiers was a mistress of King Charles II who dominated the court for the first ten years of his reign. She had five children by Charles three of whom were daughters. The child in the picture was added slightly later by a studio hand, the aspect and colouring so closely matches another Lely picture of Lady Charlotte Fitzroy that this would appear to be her. The addition of the child suggests that the picture may have belonged to one of her parents.