Sir Francis Ottley and Family
- Production Period:
- Charles I
- Object Name: Oil Painting
- Description: Mid seventeeth century oil painting portrait of Sir Francis Ottley and his family. Painted by Petrus Troueil, 1636.
- Description: During the Civil War, the Ottleys of Pitchford Hall, Shropshire, were Cavaliers. Sir Francis Ottley (1600/1601-1649) was governor of Shrewsbury.
Ottley is depicted here with his children and wife Lucy, the daughter of Thomas Edwards of Shrewsbury. Although the portrait was painted in 1636, the important year 1642 (outbreak of the Civil War) is inscribed on it. In September that year Charles I entered Shrewsbury and the town became a major Royalist base and the centre for operations over the surrounding region. At that time Francis Ottley, Governor of Shrewsbury, was comissioned to raise a regiment of foot and was knighted by the King later that month.
SIr Francis remained as Governor only until 1644 when he was described by John Lord Byron as a 'doting old fool' and dismissed being appointed Sheriff of the County instead. Prince Rupert, who made SHrewsbury his headquaters for most of the war, was particularily critical of Ottley's pronounced leniency towards local Parrliamentarians. On 22 Februry 1645 the town fell with ease to Parliamentarian forces under Cornel Mytton.
This portrait is the only known signed and dated work by Troueil and had remained at Pitchford Hall since it was painted in 1636 until the contents of the house were dispersed in 1992.
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