Bam­ber Gas­coigne’s favourite paint­ing

Country Life Every Week - - Contents - Bam­ber Gas­coigne Bam­ber Gas­coigne is a his­to­rian and the quiz­mas­ter who orig­i­nally pre­sented Uni­ver­sity Chal­lenge. He is a trustee of the Mary Roxburghe Trust

The quiz­mas­ter chooses a poignant de Lás­zló por­trait

Four years ago, I in­her­ited un­ex­pect­edly, from my great-aunt Mary, Duchess of Roxburghe, a large Grade I-listed house of great beauty near Guild­ford called West Hors­ley Place. I hardly knew the house, but when I first walked into it as its owner, I dis­cov­ered many paint­ings re­lat­ing to my fam­ily. My favourite among them rapidly be­came this beau­ti­ful, but unashamedly sen­ti­men­tal por­trait of the Duchess’s brother at the age of about three. Jack, as he was known, was a beau­ti­ful boy and ob­vi­ously greatly adored. The house is full of images of him. How­ever, the story ends sadly– he died at the age of 11, in 1922. We are now tak­ing tours round the house and this im­age is part of a fam­ily dis­play (www.west­hors­ley­place.org)’

Richard Ge­orge Archibald Lu­cian Hunger­ford Crewe-milnes, Earl of Made­ley, 1914, by Philip de Lás­zló (1869–1937), 26in di­am­e­ter, West Hors­ley Place, Surrey

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