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Battle of Sedgemoor painting offered at monthly sale

October 2013

Battle of SedgemoorBattle of Sedgemoor
Captain Robert PooleCaptain Robert Poole

A large scale painting said to be of the Battle of Sedgemoor – the last battle fought on English soil - will feature at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s monthly antiques sale on Thursday, November 7.

The enormous picture in a fine, ornate frame, has hung in the head office of a long established firm for the past 50 years.

It depicts the doomed final efforts of the Duke of Monmouth and his pitchfork army to overthrow James II and his highly trained forces at Westonzoyland, near Bridgwater.

Three days after his defeat in July 1685 Monmouth was captured. He was later executed. Hundreds of his supporters were put to death on the orders of “Bloody” Judge Jeffreys’.

The terrible battle resonates today and a large section of the County Museum in Taunton is devoted to a display about the Monmouth rebellion. The picture has a guide price of £2,000-£3,000.

It is among a number of paintings at next week’s auction at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton.

A portrait of Captain Robert Poole, (1761-1833) holding a telescope under his right arm, a seascape with shipping beyond will also be offered.

Little is known about Captain Poole or his lengthy and successful maritime career. He is buried at St John’s Church, Staplegrove, Taunton., where a long epitaph bears witness to his character.

He is described as “a man distinguished alike by an enterprising spirit and inflexible integrity.”

It catalogues his career and records that he crossed the Equator to and from the Pacific Ocean 22 times; passed Cape Horn 17 times and sailed once around the globe. No mean feat in a time when even one voyage could prove fatal. He died at Staplegrove, Taunton, aged 72.

Viewing for the sale takes place on Saturday (November 2) from 9am-12.30pm and on Tuesday, November 5, and Wednesday, November 6, from 9am-5pm.

It will also be on view prior to the start of the sale at 10.30am on Thursday, November 7.

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