Sir James Dashwood, 1737
Enoch Seeman the Younger (German, born Poland, ca. 16901744)
Oil on canvas; 96 x 60 1/4 in. (243.8 x 153 cm)
Victor Wilbour Memorial Fund, 1956 (56.190)
James Dashwood, born in London on August 7, 1715, was educated at Eton and Abingdon. He departed on his Grand Tour in August 1732 and returned in August 1736, the month in which he celebrated his twenty-first birthday. He was High Sheriff for Oxfordshire in 1738, received the degree D.C.L. from the University of Oxford, and from 1759 until his death on November 10, 1779, was High Steward for the city of Oxford. He was also an M.P.
As Kirtlington was built between 1742 and 1748, the view of the house in the background of the painting must have been added five or more years later, and perhaps after Seeman's death.