Circle of James Northcote (18th century)
Portrait of a nobleman, said to be Hugh Percy, 1st Duke of Northumberland, half length, wearing a period costume, red sash and chain of office
Oil on canvas, 77cm by 65cm
Hugh Percy, 1st Duke of Northumberland, KG, PC (c.1714-6 June 1786) was born Hugh Smithson but changed the family surname to Percy when he married Elizabeth Seymour, daughter of the 7th Duke of Somerset (a large British Landowner) on 16 July 1740. She was Baroness Percy in her own right, and the title, Earl of Northumberland passed to Hugh Percy as Elizabeth's husband, when her father died. He was created a Knight of the Order (K.G.) in 1756 and a Privy Counsellor in 1762 as well as holding the position of Lord Lieutenant of Middlesex from 1763 to 1786. He spent much effort embellishing Northumberland House, Sion House and Alnwick Castle, employing James Paine, Robert Adam and Capability Brown.
A Portrait of the 1st Duke of Northumberland by Sir Joshua Reynolds painted in 1762 is held in the Supreme Court Art Collection