Florence Jane Helen Wellesley, Lady Nunburnholme, OBE (1853 -1932)
Edward Hughes (Islington 1832 - London 1908)
Lady Nunburnholme had a great interest in horse racing, an enthusiasm which she shared with her daughter Lady Chesterfield, if was her horse Sun Castle which won the St Ledger in 1941
Oil painting on canvas, Florence Jane Helen Wellesley, Lady Nunburnholme, OBE (1853 -1932) by Edward Hughes (Islington 1832 - London 1908). 1887. A three-quarter-length portrait of a young woman, daughter of Colonel William Wellesley, great niece of the 1st Duke of Wellington, who married Lord Nunburnholme in 1871, turned to the left, gazing at the spectator, seated in a garden setting. It was Lady Nunburnholme who eventually acquired Beningbrough after it was put up for sale by the Dawnays in the middle of the first world war. She first offered it to her son who was in India at the time. He replied saying thank you but no thank you. He did not want to live in the damp and foggy Vale of York. So the house went to his sister Enid and it became the country house of Lord and Lady Chesterfield.
Chesterfield Collection; House Sale, Curtis and Hewson, June 1958, lot no. 1130; purchased by the sitter's younger daughter, Gladys, wife of 2nd Lord Chaplin and subsequently donated to the National Trust in 1961, by Gavin Fairfax Esq, Acomb House, York.
Makers and roles
Edward Hughes (Islington 1832 - London 1908), artist of original