John E Musgrave Harrington

In an article published in 2005, Sir Roy Strong, former director of the National Portrait Gallery, lamented the breaking up of local collections of portraits as English stately homes faced repurposing or destruction throughout the 20th century.

via “A New Portrait of Mary Rogers, Lady Harington” by Edwards, John Stephan – British Art Journal, Vol. 12, Issue 2, Autumn 2011 | Online Research Library: Questia.

In 1907, John E Musgrave Harrington loaned the Harington family portraits from Kelston to the Victoria Art Gallery (Bath, England) and edited an eleven page, Descriptive catalogue of the Harington loan pictures.

John Harrington of Stepney (c.1517–1582)

Sir John Harington

Mary Rogers, Lady Harington


By the 1930s, final dispersal of the collection of the Harington family of Kelston began through a series of brokered private sales to buyers that included Lord Deramore and the collector Eric Bullivant. The remnants of the collection were eventually liquidated by sale at public auction in July 1942 following the death of John E Musgrave Harrington.

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