Commodore John Watson (1735-1786)

manner of Tilly Kettle (Exeter 1735 – Aleppo 1786)
National Trust Inventory Number 216389

Category Art / Oil paintings
Date 1800 - 1829
Materials Oil on canvas
Measurements 1270 x 1016 mm (50 x 40 in)
Place of origin England
Collection Springhill, County Londonderry (Accredited Museum)
On show at Springhill, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland, National Trust

Summary description

Oil painting on canvas, Commodore John Watson (1735-1786), in the manner of Tilly Kettle (Exeter 1735 – Aleppo 1786), early 19th century. A three-quarter-length portrait, seated, head to right, wearing naval uniform, his right hand on his knee, his left on a table.


According to Mina Lenox-Conyngham (see letter from Patricia Boulton, 9 Nov. 2000), the portrait by Romney of the sitter's son-in-law, General Nilson, was given to the Lenox-Conynghams by a Mr Wakefield who had married a daughter of the Rev. --- Hewitt, Rector of Moneymore or Derryloran(?); this portrait presumably accompanied it. The Manor House, Moneymore was where Sir William Lenox-Conyngham (1824-1906) lived when Agent to the Drapers' Company. The Wakefields had ties with the Watsons: Commodore Watson's daughter by his marriage to Frances Popham, Maria Anne (b.1772), married E---- Wakefield, who was born at Springfield; they had a son, John Watson Wakefield, who was perhaps the donor of these pictures; purchased by National Trust in 1957 from William Lowry Lenox-Conyngham (1903–1957), shortly before his death, along with the other contents of Springhill

Credit line

Springhill, The Lenox-Conyngham Collection (National Trust)

Makers and roles

manner of Tilly Kettle (Exeter 1735 – Aleppo 1786), artist

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Materials Canvas (10101)
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Category Art / Oil paintings (12613)
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Periods 19th century (172931)
Maker Tilly Kettle (Exeter 1735 – Aleppo 1786) (13)
Subjects Commodore John Watson (1735-1786) (1)
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Object Type Oil painting (14398)

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