14 July 2020

    A Portrait of Maria Teresa Gage, Lady Craufurd, with notes on other portraits of her family

    By Georgina Craufurd, Lady Craufurd of Kilbirnie

    Amongst the Gage family’s portraits in Firle Place’s extensive painting collection is a striking late 18th /early 19th century portrait of Maria Teresa Gage, probably by the emigrée French artist, Sophie de Tott, who exhibited a portrait of ‘Lady Crawford’ (sic) at the Royal Academy in 1803.

    10 April 2019


    By Deborah Gage

    The picturesque Fawsley Estate has a rich and colourful history and is currently owned by the Gage family. Originally dating from the 7th century, the estate includes a park laid out by Capability Brown as well as a manor house that is now one of the leading hotels in Northamptonshire. This article traces the colourful history of the estate and families who have lived there.

    21 February 2018

    George Gage with two attendants by Anthony van Dyck


    By Hilary Maddicott (As published in the British Art Journal, Vol. XVIII, No. 2, Autumn 2017)

    Anthony Van Dyck’s portrait in the National Gallery, London, catalogued as showing George Gage with two attendants, has been acclaimed as an ‘ambitious and innovative’ production of his early years (Pl 3).1 In this unusual ‘conversation piece’, displaying the lively interaction of three figures, Van Dyck portrays the principal subject of the paintings: a youngish man, wrapped in a stylish black cloak, in a pose conveying the innate grace, but also the skilfully-crafted nonchalance, or sprezzatura, of a courtier.

    30 January 2017

    Joseph Gage – The Gamble

    By Andrew and Kevin McKenzie

    Another article on on Joseph Gage:  The Gamble – a tale of bankruptcy and murderous rivalry between kindred families.