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Sir Hugh Clopton


Sir Hugh Clopton (1671-1751)


Unknown artist

A watercolour portrait miniature of Sir Hugh Clopton (1671-1751) in a glazed oval case/frame of gold-coloured metal.

Sir Hugh Clopton is shown here wearing a white ruffled shirt with a plain collar under a blue cape, he also wears a white powdered wig which were very fashionable. He appears to be a young man in this picture which was possibly commissioned on the occasion of his marriage in 1702. The Cloptons were a wealthy local family of long-standing. It was another Hugh Clopton who had built the house that later become known as New Place in Stratford-upon-Avon in 1483. It was this house that William Shakespeare purchased in 1597. It passed back into the hands of the Clopton family and Sir Hugh's father, Sir John Clopton, settled the property onto Sir Hugh in 1702 when he married Elizabeth Millward. The couple went on to have eight children.

  • Measurements

  • Width

    40 mm

  • Height

    50 mm

  • Credit line

    CC-BY-NC-ND Image Courtesy of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust