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A Gentleman called Robert Hucks (1699-1744)

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Artist: William Prewett

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4534
Painted in enamel
He wears an olive coloured coat and matching waistcoat

It is believed that the sitter is the Robert Hucks, who was baptised in 1699, being the 1st son of William Hucks. He married in 1720, Sarah, daughter of Henry Coghill of Pennes Place, in Aldenham.
Hucks was a recorder in Wallingford, 1733; a brewer for the King in 1740 and treasurer of the Foundling Hospital 1744. As the King's brewer, Hucks was known to repeal the 'Pott Act' instigated by George I - an act which posed a tax on the pewter pots that transported the beer.
More Information
Literature                 The Comerford Collection: Portrait Miniatures (Dublin, privately published, 2009), pp 7, 21 (#44) 67 (sitter #15)
The Brewing Industry in England 1700-1830, p. 116
Exhibition                 Comerford Collection at the Irish Architectural Archives in Dublin, in 2009.
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