Thomas, 2nd Viscount Fanshawe (1632-74) of Dromore.

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Thomas, son of Sir Thomas, K.B. (see nos.16&41) and his wife Elizabeth Cokayne. He was imprisioned in 1659 for his services to the Royalist cause, released in 1660, made a Knight of the Bath at the Coronation of Charles II and elected MP for Hertford in 1661. His first wife, Katherine (see LDVAL 2004.5.1), whom he married in 1648 when they were aged 14 and 16, was the daughter of Knighton Ferrars, whose widow had married Sir Simon Fanshawe (see no.33). Katherine died in June 1660, possibly due to the birth of a child, as the register of Ayott St. Lawrence (near Ware) records the burial, on 22 November 1660, of ?Mrs Marie Fanshawe daughter of Sir Thomas Fanshawe?. Thomas remarried in 1665, to Sarah (see nos.13/1&2), widow of John Wray and daugter of Sir John Evelyn. They had four children together: Sarah (d. young 1668); Anna Maria (d. young 1668); Evelyn (1669-1687); Katherine (d.1684). Their son Evelyn, the 3rd Viscount, died unmarried in 1687. Neither of Thomas's younger brothers, Charles and Simon, who succeeded as 4th and 5th Viscounts, ever married and the Viscountcy was extinguished when Simon died in 1716.

Physical description

Half length portrait of a man turned to his right. He is wearing a suit of armor with a tasseled linen neckcloth. He also wears a brown periwinkle wig. The painting is very dark but the sitters face is brightly illuminated. Set on a plain brown/black background.



Portrait Painting


whole height: 970mm
width: 810mm
Canvas height: 740mm
width: 620mm

Collection type

Visual arts, Fanshawe Portraits

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