Sir Roger and his wife Dorothy, Lady Bradshaigh, stand in front of Haigh Hall, Wigan. The Bradshaighs were a notable Wigan family, providing MPs and Mayors for the town. They also developed commercial coalmining on the Haigh estate in the sixteenth century. Lady Bradshaigh was a friend of the author Samuel Richardson, who requested a copy of the painting to hang in his London home. In return, she asked for a copy of his portrait by Joseph Highmore. Her interest in literature is represented by the book she holds in her hand. Of particular interest is the Windsor chair, thought to be one of the earliest depictions in a painting. The telescope is also of scientific interest and represents Sir Roger’s knowledge of science and technology. The Haigh Estate was acquired by the Earls of Crawford through marriage in 1780. They demolished the Elizabethan hall in the early nineteenth century, replacing it with the building that still stands today. In 1947 the family sold Haigh Hall to Wigan Council and the extensive parklands were developed as a country park and golf course.
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Museum of Wigan Life
Library Street, Wigan, Greater Manchester, England, WN1 1NU
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purchased with the assistance of the National Art Collections Fund, 1981