John Saint-Helier Lander, Henry Crookshank, First Viscount Crookshank

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Country House
Doddington Hall
Henry Crookshank, First Viscount Crookshank
Stairs Leading To Second Floor And Landing
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
Overall height: 70 cm, Overall width: 90 cm
John Saint-Helier Lander (1869-1944)
Catalogue Number


The portrait, which is signed and dated 1919, represents Harry Frederick Comfort Crookshank, first Viscount Crookshank (1893–1961). Educated Eton College and Magdalen College, Oxford, Crookshank joined the Hampshire Regiment and served as a captain in the Grenadier Guards during the First World War. In 1916 he was wounded in action, when he was castrated by shrapnel. In 1919 Crookshank joined the Diplomatic Service, working at the British Embassy in Washington DC until 1924, when he was elected Conservative MP for Gainsborough. A government minister, Crookshank was leader of the House of Commons from 1951 to 1955. In 1956 he retired from the House of Commons and raised to the peerage as Viscount Crookshank. He died in October 1961 and following a funeral service at Westminster Abbey was buried at Lincoln Cathedral. Crookshank was a close friend of Colonel Francis ‘Bobby’ Cracroft Jarvis. He rented Doddington Hall from Jarvis during the summer in the 1930s. Crookshank also presented the appliqué Egyptian tent to Doddington, in which he entertained his constituents, and which is now situated in the Tent Room on the first floor.

The artist, John Saint-Helier Lander (1868–1944), was born in the Channel Islands, hence the addition of ‘St’ to his surname. He studied at Calderon’s School, and subsequently in Paris, at the Academie Julian, and the Royal Academy Schools. Lander’s prestigious portrait commissions included members of the royal family, notably the Prince of Wales (future Edward VIII), Prince George, Duke of Kent, George V and George VI, as well as various prominent soldiers and statesman.

by Martin Postle

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