A Portrait of Sir Thomas Ogle

Oil on Panel
Signed and Dated " G. Honthorst / 1644"
29 1/8 x 23 5/8 inches, 74 x 60 cm
Essay: 

Inscribed au verso in a contemporary 17th Century hand: " Sr. Tomas Oghel Maijsior"

Sir Thomas Ogle was, by all accounts, quite a character. There is little information on him, presumably due to his family's attempts to cover up the scandals. He was probably the son of Thomas Ogle and Elizabeth Berkley. In 1662 he is known to have married Anne Kingsmill Finch, a wealthy widow. They had one daughter, Dorothy. Anne bequeathed him control of her estate on her death in 1664. This will was disputed by Anne's brother, William Haselwood, as well as by three other family members, and the Court decided against Ogle (possibly due to the situation described below).

The only other mention of Ogle is in Samuel Pepys' diary entry of Wednesday 1st July 1663. Pepys writing about the debauchery of Charles Sackville, Lord Buckhurst and Sir Charles Sedley at Oxford Kate's records in a footnote:

"The details in the original are very gross. Dr. Johnson relates the story in the “Lives of the Poets,” in his life of Sackville, Lord Dorset “Sackville, who was then Lord Buckhurst, with Sir Charles Sedley and Sir Thomas Ogle, got drunk at the Cock, in Bow Street, by Covent Garden, and going into the balcony exposed themselves to the populace in very indecent postures. At last, as they grew warmer, Sedley stood forth naked, and harangued the populace in such profane language, that the publick indignation was awakened; the crowd attempted to force the door, and being repulsed, drove in the performers with stones, and broke the windows of the house. For this misdemeanour they were indicted, and Sedley was fined five hundred pounds; what was the sentence of the others is not known. Sedley employed [Henry] Killigrew and another to procure a remission from the King, but (mark the friendship of the dissolute!) they begged the fine for themselves, and exacted it to the last groat.”

The woman known as Oxford Kate appears to have kept the notorious Cock Tavern in Bow Street at this date.

Provenance: 

Collection of Richard Ratcliffe, Manor House, Waddington, Lincoln