Lady Victoria Alexandrina Elizabeth Grey, Lady Dawnay (d.1922)
British (English) School
Lady Victoria brought fun Beningbrough, her four children were allowed to skate on the pond in winter, present plays in the Hall, play shuttlecock in the gallery and toboggan down the main stairs!
Oil painting on canvas, Lady Victoria Alexandrina Elizabeth Grey, Lady Dawnay (d.1922). 1890. A three-quarter-length portrait of a woman, turned to the left, gazing to the left, seated with an open book on her lap. wife of Lt.Col. L. P. Dawnay, owner of Beningbrough 1819-1910. Pastel. Lady Victoria and her husband Colonel Dawnay brought modern times to Beningbrough in the 1890's. They introduced the first motor cars, a new fangled laundry, bicycles, electricity, flush toilets in the house, and Lady Victoria added the conservatory onto the west end of the house. Her husband was a 'vile-tempered, hang'em all, horse whipping, cantankerous man'. 'The rudest man in Yorkshire', according to his descendant, Ivor Dawnay.
Given by G. V. R. Grant, 1993
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British (English) School, artist of original