Sir William Jones (formerly Langham) (d.1791)

Francis Cotes, RA (London 1726 – London 1770)
National Trust Inventory Number 207815

Category Paintings
Date 1769 (signed and dated)
Materials Oil on canvas
Measurements 1257 x 997 mm (49.5 x 39.5 in)
Place of origin
Collection Wimpole, Cambridgeshire (Accredited Museum)
On show at Wimpole, Cambridgeshire, East of England, National Trust

William Jones (formerly Langham) was made a baronet in 1774. He took the name of Jones after his marriage to Elizabeth, sister and co-heiress of William Jones of Ramsbury Manor, Wiltshire. This picture was bought by Mrs Bambridge apparently in the mistaken belief that the sitter was the son-in-law of the mathematician of the same name, who had been tutor and friend to the 1st Earl of Hardwicke.

Summary description

Oil painting on canvas, Sir William Jones (formerly Langham) (d.1791) by Francis Cotes, RA (London 1726 – London 1770), signed, lower left: F Cotes R:A: px./1769 (FC in monogram). William Jones (formerly Langham) was made a baronet in 1774. He took the name of Jones after his marriage to Elizabeth, sister and co-heiress of William Jones of Ramsbury Manor, Wiltshire. Bought by Mrs Bambridge apparently in the mistaken belief that the sitter was the son-in-law of the mathematician of the same name, who had been tutor and friend to the 1st Earl of Hardwicke.

Provenance

By family descent to Sir Francis Burdett, 7th Bt.; his sale, Sotheby's, 2 December 1953, lot 49; bought Leggatt, from whom acquired by Mrs Bambridge, for £300, in May 1960; bought by Mrs Bambridge in 1960; bequeathed by Elsie Kipling, Mrs George Bambridge (1896 - 1976), daughter of Rudyard Kipling, to the National Trust together with Wimpole Hall, all its contents and an estate of 3,000 acres

Makers and roles

Francis Cotes, RA (London 1726 – London 1770)

References

Johnson 1976: Edward Mead Johnson, Francis Cotes, 1976, p. 48, no. 282

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Periods 18th century (83793)
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Subjects Sir William Jones (formerly Langham) (d.1791) (1)
Object Type Oil painting (16488)

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