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A Little Girl (Lady Rose Molyneux?)

Walker Art Gallery
Contributed by: UK006 Clive Molyneux   |   10 Aug 2017

A Little Girl

A Little Girl (Lady Rose Molyneux?), British School, Walker Art Gallery


Hugh William Osbert Molyneux

Walker Art Gallery
Contributed by: UK006 Clive Molyneux   |   10 Aug 2017

Hugh William Osbert Molyneux

Hugh William Osbert (1898–1972), 7th Earl of Sefton, by Herbert James Gunn (1893–1964), Walker Art Gallery.

He was educated at West Downs School, Harrow School and the Royal Military College, Sandhurst. He married in 1941 Josephine Gwynne Armstrong (1903–1980), daughter of George Armstrong of Virginia, United States. The Countess was a lifelong friend of the Duchess of Windsor.

After pursuing a military career, he was appointed ADC to the Governor-General of Canada 1919), ADC to theViceroy of India, Lord-in-Waiting to the King (1936–37) and Lord Mayor of Liverpool(1944–45). He was also a chairman of the stewards of the British Jockey Club and Constable of Lancaster Castle, his ancestors having held the Constableship of Liverpool Castle until it was destroyed c1700.

He was a sports enthusiast and an owner of racehorses, including Medoc II(FR) which won the Cheltenham Gold Cup in 1942 and Irish Lizard which twice finished third in the Grand National, in 1953 and 1954. He was a descendant of William Philip Molyneux, 2nd Earl of Sefton, who founded the Waterloo Cup and the Grand National.

His seats were Croxteth Hall, Lancs; Abbeystead House, Wyresdale Forest; and Grosvenor Cottage, Culross Street, W1. On his death his earldom became extinct and Croxteth Hall passed into public hands. On his widow's death in 1980 Abbeystead and the Wyresdale Forest estate were sold to the Duke of Westminster.


Isabella, Viscount Molyneux

Walker Art Gallery
Contributed by: UK006 Clive Molyneux   |   22 Aug 2017

Isabella Stanhope sat for Thomas Gainsborough at Bath early in 1769 shortly after her marriage to Viscount Molyneux. The artist had just been elected to the Royal Academy in London, and this work, sent soon afterwards to its first-ever exhibition, surely represents a deliberate effort to impress a London audience.

The figure has a brilliant poise and the play of light and shade on the satiny surface of her dress is a miracle of virtuoso painting.

Shortly afterwards her husband was made the 1st Earl of Sefton. This portrait hung at the Seftons' seat, Croxteth Hall near Liverpool, for two centuries until its acquisition by the Walker Art Gallery.


Lady of the Molyneux Family

Armagh County Museum
Contributed by: UK006 Clive Molyneux   |   10 Aug 2017

Glad Buckle

'Glad Buckle': A Lady of the Molyneux Family, unknown artist, Armagh County Museum.


Molyneux family of Hawkley Hall

Hawkley Hall
Contributed by: UK006 Clive Molyneux   |   10 Aug 2017

Molyneux Family of Hawkley Hall

Painting of The Molyneux family of Hawkley Hall by A. Devis c.1750. (incorrectly titled the Molyneux Family of Sefton) "Sir Richard Molyneux, his wife Jane and his three sons Richard, Bryan William and William; with Hawkley Hall showing in the background."


Sir Francis Molineux; Robert Quarme

National Portrait Gallery, London
Contributed by: UK188 Antony Molyneux Steele   |   23 Aug 2017

Sir Francis Molineux; Robert Quarme
by James Sayers
etching, published 17 June 1782
7 in. x 4 3/8 in. (179 mm x 112 mm) plate size; 7 3/4 in. x 4 7/8 in. (197 mm x 125 mm) paper size
Purchased, 1905

Born the son of Sir William Molyneux, 6th Baronet and educated at Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Wakefield, Francis Molyneux was appointed gentleman usher daily waiter to the Queen in 1761 (at the age of 23) and Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod in 1765 (four years later). He held the post until his death 47 years later. On his death, as he was unmarried, his baronetcy became extinct and his estates at Teversal and Wellow passed to Lord Henry Howard-Molyneux-Howard. There is a memorial to him at St Catherine's Church in Teversal in Nottinghamshire.

Note: 7th Baronet of Teversal & penultimate male heir to the Teversal line of Mxes! His title was succeeded by a relative, Darcy Mx., who d. childless, but his estates went to his nephew, Henry Howard who then assumed the name MOLYNEUX.--wjs

He died unmarried in 1812, when the family estates passed to his nephew, Lord Henry Thomas Howard, second son, by Juliana, sister to Sir Francis, of Henry Howard, of Sheffield, Derbyshire, and Heath Hall, Yorkshire, brother to Bernard Edward, twelfth Duke of Norfolk, K.G., and who thereupon assumed the name of Molyneux.

Last of the Teversal Mx line. Upon his death the manor was passed on to his nephew, Lord Henry Thomas Howard, whose eldest dau. Henrietta Anne, m. Lord Porchester, 1830 & in 1837 became 3rd Earl of Caernarvon, thus bringing the Teversal Estate into the hands of that family. It continued in that family until 1929 when Eliz. Cath. Dowager Countess of Caernarvon & stepmother of the Earl of Caernarvon d.

Darcy Mx, son of William Mx and grandson of Darcy Mx & Eliz. Bassett, assumed the title of BNaronet upon the death in 1812 of Sir Francis Molyneux, Bart., of Wellow, Co. Notts. & d. w/o issue.

He was the last of his family to be buried in the vault.