Edward Cheney was the second son of General Robert Cheney of Badger Hall, Shropshire. He acquired many paintings in Italy, especially Venice, around the second quarter of the 19th century, and inherited some from his brother, R. Henry Cheney [d. 1866], as well. Cheney's collection of drawings and paintings was in S. Audley St., London, but it was moved to Badger Hall in 1860. Sources say that at Cheney's death, the collection passed to his brother-in-law, Alfred Capel-Cure, who immediately sold a large portion of the paintings at Christie's, and the prints and drawings at Sotheby's. At the death of Col. Alfred Capel-Cure, the remainder of the collection went to his nephew, Francis Capel-Cure, who sold some of it in London on 6 May 1905.
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