circle of Thomas Hudson, Robert Pregion Hurton

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Country House
Doddington Hall
Robert Pregion Hurton
Private Apartments
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
Overall height: 75 cm, Overall width: 66 cm
circle of Thomas Hudson (1701-1779)
Catalogue Number
  • Lettered lower left 'Robt. Pregion Hurton, M.A. / D.C. to Lord Delaval'


The portrait depicts Robert Pregieon or Robert Pregion Hurton (c.1722–1788), who was curate and subsequently Rector at Doddington. Hurton was the son of a Lincolnshire yeoman and attended Apley School, Lincoln, matriculating in 1740. Hurton was admitted as a pensioner at St John’s College, Cambridge, aged eighteen, receiving his BA 1743–4 and MA 1747. He was ordained deacon 22 September 1745 and became curate to the non-resident rector at Doddington, George Wilson. He was ordained priest 20 September 1747 by the bishop of Lincoln. The same year he was instituted vicar of Crowle, Lincolnshire, on the presentation of John Kent, Joseph Peart and Elizabeth Morton. He remained vicar of Crowle until 1752. From 1749 to 1787 he was vicar of Stainton-by-Langworth, and perpetual curate of Barlings, Lincolnshire. In March 1770 Hurton was appointed rector at Doddington under the patronage of Sir John Delaval until his death in early in 1788.1

The portrait was probably made in 1747, following Hurton’s appointment to the curacy at Doddington and the award of his master’s degree. The picture was commissioned presumably by or on behalf of Hurton. It was acquired recently for the collection at Doddington by James Birch.2

by Martin Postle


  1. See Lincolnshire Archives, presentation deed: Crowle, Vicarage, 11 August 1747, DIOC/PD/111/25; presentation deed: Crowle, 21 October 1749, DIOC/PD/1749/34; will of Reverend Robert Pregieon or Robert Pregion Hurton, Clerk, Rector of Doddington, 16 January 1788, NA PROB 11/1161/159.

  2. Anderson and Garland Ltd, Newcastle upon Tyne, 25 March 2015 (298).


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