The Theodore Watts-Dunton Folding Press Bed: Jane Morris
Henry Treffry Dunn (Truro 1838 - 1899)
Art / Oil paintings
circa 1896 - circa 1898
Oil on panel
360 x 445 mm
Place of origin
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Wightwick Manor, West Midlands (Accredited Museum)
On show at
Oil painting on panel (upper tier), Jane Morris by Henry Treffry Dunn (Truro 1838 - 1899), circa 1896-98. Based on 'The Couch', a pencil study of 1870 (Surtees No. 380, British Museum) which Jane Morris owned; she gave it to Watts-Dunton and his wife Clara as a wedding present in 1905.
Theodore Watts-Dunton, Bequeathed to Clara, wife of Theodore Watts-Dunton, then sold Sotheby & Co., New Bond Street, London, Wednesday, 22nd March 1939, lot 79, 'Catalogue of Artistic & Literary Property connected with Rossetti, Swinurne Ford Maddox Brown, etc. removed from "The Pines", 11 Putney Hill (The home of A.C.Swinburne and Walter Theodore Watts-Dunton) / Sold by order of the trustees of the will of Walter Theodore Watts-Dunton (decd.) / Consequent on the death of Clara, Mrs. Watts-Dunton...', p.20 - 'A FOLDING BED, contained in a mahogany cupboard of classical design, with panels carved with figure subjects. The headboard is divided to form four panels, painted by Treffry Dunn after Rossetti, 8ft. 8in, 4 ft. 11in. wide' Purchased at Sotheby & Co. sale by Frank Tilley Purchased from Frank Tilly for £4 by Geoffrey Mander, April 1939 Presented to the National Trust by Geoffrey Mander, 31st July 1939 In 1937 Sir Geoffrey Mander and his wife Rosalie gifted Wightwick Manor, its contents and gardens to the National Trust. Sir Geoffrey and his family continued to occupy and manage Wightwick adding to the collection in collaboration with the National Trust. Sir Geoffrey died in 1962 but Lady Mander continued to live at Wightwick until her death in 1988. The details of this press bed were added to the Wightwick Manor 1937 inventory list in 1939.
Makers and roles
Henry Treffry Dunn (Truro 1838 - 1899), artist Thomas Keynes, wood carver