Sir Samuel Meyrick (1783–1848) of Goodrich Court, Herefordshire, was related to Captain Lionel Cary's wife, Edith, née Meyrick. He collected armour and popularised the study of arms and armour. His collection was dispersed after his death, though some of the best pieces are held by the Wallace Collection in London. In this portrait he holds a pen in his hand above a breastplate, which symbolises the phrase ‘the pen is mightier than the sword.’
Briggs concentrated on portraits after he was elected to the Royal Academy, London in 1832. Among his many sitters, probably the most famous was the Duke of Wellington.
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Torre Abbey Historic House and Gallery
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