“27th..., Mr. C. dined with us, and requested we would take tea at his cottage; he
came at six to attend us. He lives in a small, neat cottage; every thing around him
has an air of taste, united with neatness. He has a variety of small prints, the heads
of many eminent persons, and the six prints, Hogarth's representation of la marriage
a la mode. He has also a painting of Sir Walter Raleigh, which is thought an original
picture; it was lately left, by an old gentleman who died, to the British Museum.
Mr. C. says he has a great inclination never to deliver it; he thinks it ought to
be preserved sacred in this county, because its original was born here in the parish
of Baidley, and that Sir Walter's character stands very high throughout the county
of Devonshire. Papa observed that his character did not appear unexceptionable; he
answered that none of his faults were known here; they believed only in his virtues
and excellencies” (AA2, Jour. and Corr.
This portrait of Raleigh by the Dutch-English artist “Cornelius Jansen, at Mr. J.
Cranch's, Axminster,” is also mentioned by JA
(entry of July-Aug.
, below). It appears not to have survived; at any rate it is not entered in Alexander J. Finberg's “A Chronological List of Portraits by Cornelius Johnson, or
Jonson,” Walpole Society
, 10 (1921–1922):1–37; and recent searches by museum officials in England have not brought it to light.
Cite web page as: Founding Families: Digital Editions of the Papers of the Winthrops and the Adamses, ed.C. James Taylor. Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 2015.