Oil painting on canvas, Diana Wynne, Mrs Philip Yorke I (1748-1805) as a Widow by Joseph Allen (Birmingham 1770 – Erdington 1839), 1804/5. A three-quarter length portrait of the second wife of Philip Yorke I, seated to the right, in an early 18th century chair; as a widow. Her hands clasped on her lap.
In an undated 19th century Erddig inventory as "Mrs Yorke of Dyffrynaled, Allen (Copy)" and thence by descent;given by Philip Yorke III (1905 – 1978) along with the estate, house and contents to the National Trust in 1973
Marks and inscriptions
Verso: Paper label on frame: N-ALED, Co.DENBIGH - Copied from ALLEN
Makers and roles
Joseph Allen (Birmingham 1770 – Erdington 1839), artist
Erddig 1800-29 Inventory of contents of Erddig, 1800-1829, "Mrs. Yorke of Dyffrynaled, Allen (Copy)"
Erddig 1914 Chronicles of Erthig on the Dyke by Albina Lucy Cust, (2 vols) 1914 , vol. II, p.220 (as the replica of a portrait by Gainsborough!)
Steegman 1957 John Steegman, A Survey of Portraits in Welsh Houses Vol.I: North Wales, Cardiff 1957, p.95
"PORTRAITS AT ERDDIG, WREXHAM
12. DIANA (WYNNE), MRS YORKE (1748-1805). Dau. and heiress of Piers Wynne of Dyffryn Aled, Denbighshire; widow of Ridgeway Owen Meyrick of Bodorgan; 2nd w. of Philip Yorke of Erddig (see no.10), to whom she m. 1782. Joseph Allen, 1804-5. TQL., seated r, as a widow; her hands clasped on her lap. Replica."