Portrait of Thomas Marsham (died 1751)
Painted in 1720 by the Norfolk Artist John Theordore Heins (1697-1756)
Recorded in Norfolk Portraits, Vol 2, page 247. 75cm x 65cm. Half length. Body and face turned towards the sinister, brown eyes full, brown hair curling to the shoulders, and cut across the forehead. Dress: brown coat, no collar to it, open, showing fulled shirt and neckband, and a little flesh, pink, velvert robe all round the body. M. Oval corners. Signed 'D Heins fec. 1720'. On the top: 'Thomas Marsham 1720'. Thomas, son of Henry Marsham, by his 1st wife Anne, daughter and heiress of Charles Themylthorp, of Worstead; born before 1678; married Dorothy, daughter and coheiress of Leonard Gooch, of Earsham Hall. He died in 1751.
Sold by Whitton & Laing Auctioneers, Exeter, 26 April 2002.
Thomas Marsham is mentioned in the book 'History of Norfolk' by Blomefield. He was lord of the manor of Stratton -now called Stratton Strawless and died in 1751. He married Dorothy Gooch of Earlham Hall. Robert Marsham was their son. He is famous as a naturalist and tree-planter on a massive scale. There is a chapter on him in 'A Norfolk Gallery 'by R.W.Ketton -Cremer (of Felbrig Hall). Margretta Marsham was Robert's sister and was single when Blomefield wrote about her c.1750. The Marshams were Lords of the Manor for many generations.
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