Flora Wynch, Mrs James Legge Willis (1776-1842) as a young girl
John Downman, RA (Ruabon, North Wales 1750 – Wrexham 1824)
Art / Drawings and watercolours
pastel on paper
240 mm (Diameter)Order this image
Clevedon Court, North Somerset (Accredited Museum)
Pastel on paper, Flora Wynch, Mrs James Legge (1776-1842) by John Downman, RA (Ruabon, North Wales 1750 – Wrexham 1824). Signed and dated 1789. Daughter of William Wynch (1750-1819) and Rhoda Crocket (1754-1846); married James Legge Willis (1761-1817); parents of Rhoda Susan Willis (1809-1873) the first wife of Sir Arthur Hallam Elton, 7th Bt, MP (1818-1883).Circular portrait of a young girl, almost three-quarter length, turned to left, head facing, looking to the right, arms outstretched holding a chain of flowers, shoulder length hair, wearing a three-quarter length sleeved dress with a wide sash tied with a bow. Image copyright John Hammond.
Bequest of Col. Richard Ffolliot Willis, 1956 formerly lent to Lydiard Tregoze, Swindon; transferred to Clevedon Court
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John Downman, RA (Ruabon, North Wales 1750 – Wrexham 1824), artist
Waterhouse 1980: Ellis K. Waterhouse, 'The Willis Family Portraits at Lydiard Park' National Trust Studies, 1980, pp.49-53, p.51: "James Willis [1761-1817] had married Flora (1776-1842), daughter of William Wynch, and thee is a rather silly encil drawing of her (circular 24.1 cm), seen at half-length trailing a rose spray, signed by Downman and dated 1789. She has a curiously windswept appearance, which is unusual for Downman."