John Fanshawe (1620-89), 2nd of Parsloes

Object number



after 1660 – before 1689


Born on 10th May 1620 John Fanshawe was the son of William Fanshawe (See no.45) and his wife Katherine Wolstenholme. He was 14 years old when his father died and he succeeded to Parsloes. He entered Trinity College, Oxford (a university at which he was the first Fanshawe undergraduate) in 1637/8. On 30th March 1639 he married Dorothea Kingsmill, with whom he had two children: William (1640-1708) and John (1644-1662). His second marriage was to his cousin Alice Fanshawe (See no.2) in 1659. Together they had two children: Susanna (1660-1661) and John (1662-1699). John became the Auditor of the Duchy of Lancaster. He compounded with the Parliamentary Government in 1646 and was fined for his services to the Royalist cause. He seems to have had a disagreement with his eldest son over his marriage to Mary Walter (See no. 46). He disapproved of her being a Roman Catholic. In his will he left Parsloes and his office to his youngest son. He died on 6th April 1689 and was buried at Barking on 15th April 1689.

Physical description

Bust length portrait in a feigned (3D effect) oval frame. Shows a man wearing a black silk/satin draped gown. with a black doublet just visible at the neck. He a large, high falling band at his neck. He is wearing a large brown periwig. He is clean shaven. On a plain brown background.




Sir Peter Lely (original name Pieter van der Faes), Baroque portrait painter known for his Van Dyck-influenced likenesses of the mid-17th-century English aristocracy. The origin of the name Lely is uncertain. He studied in Holland at Haarlem, where he became a guild member in 1637. He probably arrived in England in about 1643, and he soon gained the patronage of the court, painting portraits of Charles I and James, duke of York. He was a buyer at the sale of Charles I's picture collection (1649-53) and in about 1651 petitioned Parliament for the mural decoration of Whitehall. Lely was a connoisseur and was known for his own fine collection of art. He prospered during the Commonwealth and even more during the Restoration, when he produced his finest portraits. In 1661 he received a pension of £ 200 a year, ?as formerly to Van Dyck.? He was knighted in 1679. Lely was the most technically proficient painter in England after the death of Van Dyck. During the Commonwealth he adopted a severe, puritanical style, but his Restoration portraits of women are noted for their subtle colouring, skillful rendering of silk, and the air of sensuous languor with which they invest their subjects - e.g., the portrait series of court ladies entitled The Windsor Beauties (1660s; Hampton Court, London). Simultaneously he painted the portrait series of the Admirals (1666-67) at Greenwich, the best of them rugged and severely masculine characterizations. Lely's late works are marred by stylistic mannerisms and decreasing vitality.


Portrait Painting


Whole length: 800mm
width: 650mm

Collection type

Visual arts, Fanshawe Portraits

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