Show me:
and
Clear all filters

  • 2 items
  • 3 items
  • 947 items Explore
  • 19 items
  • 26 items
  • 5,325 items
  • 3,513 items Explore
  • 25 items Explore
  • 38 items
  • 17 items Explore
  • 47 items
  • 92 items
  • 89 items Explore
  • 39 items
  • 9,739 items Explore
  • 208 items Explore
  • 1,210 items Explore
  • 4,933 items Explore
  • 75 items Explore
  • 104 items Explore
  • 9,259 items Explore
  • 153 items Explore
  • 4,285 items Explore
  • 5 items
  • 121 items Explore
  • 2,002 items Explore
  • 4,696 items Explore
  • 24 items Explore
  • 17,911 items Explore
  • 34 items Explore
  • 1,901 items Explore
  • 948 items Explore
  • 6 items
  • 5,214 items Explore
  • 403 items Explore
  • 29 items
  • 923 items Explore
  • 1 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 9 items
  • 14,560 items Explore
  • 787 items Explore
  • 2 items
  • 70 items Explore
  • 32 items
  • 797 items
  • 20 items
  • 61 items
  • 28 items
  • 304 items Explore
  • 6 items
  • 55 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 2 items
  • 133 items
  • 1 items
  • 107 items Explore
  • 116 items
  • 903 items Explore
  • 832 items
  • 27 items
  • 13 items
  • 21,644 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 3,236 items Explore
  • 1,450 items Explore
  • 352 items
  • 193 items Explore
  • 7,638 items Explore
  • 8,888 items Explore
  • 4 items
  • 1 items
  • 39 items
  • 3 items
  • 4 items
  • 5,743 items Explore
  • 5,341 items Explore
  • 4,027 items Explore
  • 848 items Explore
  • 859 items Explore
  • 2,379 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 314 items
  • 1 items
  • 2,028 items Explore
  • 20 items Explore
  • 305 items Explore
  • 727 items Explore
  • 817 items Explore
  • 475 items Explore
  • 908 items Explore
  • 895 items
  • 89 items
  • 125 items Explore
  • 4,837 items Explore
  • 165 items
  • 6 items
  • 292 items
  • 7 items Explore
  • 4 items
  • 22 items
  • 58 items
  • 302 items Explore
  • 2 items
  • 3,245 items Explore
  • 829 items Explore
  • 69 items
  • 43 items
  • 17,388 items Explore
  • 1,089 items Explore
  • 138 items
  • 43 items
  • 1 items
  • 1 items
  • 145 items Explore
  • 18 items
  • 23 items
  • 116 items
  • 311 items
  • 957 items Explore
  • 1,893 items
  • 537 items Explore
  • 1,665 items
  • 562 items
  • 6 items
  • 2 items
  • 2 items
  • 3,724 items Explore
  • 28,626 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 3,054 items Explore
  • 176 items Explore
  • 6,309 items Explore
  • 724 items Explore
  • 2 items
  • 31 items
  • 25 items
  • 65 items
  • 157 items
  • 52 items
  • 18,114 items Explore
  • 2 items
  • 824 items
  • 17 items
  • 14,789 items Explore
  • 2 items
  • 1,862 items Explore
  • 1,021 items Explore
  • 3 items
  • 44 items
  • 371 items
  • 3,257 items Explore
  • 79 items
  • 1 items
  • 473 items Explore
  • 19 items
  • 90 items Explore
  • 68 items
  • 289 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 3 items
  • 112 items
  • 272 items
  • 760 items
  • 1 items
  • 730 items
  • 342 items Explore
  • 460 items Explore
  • 10,168 items Explore
  • 688 items Explore
  • 5,843 items Explore
  • 4,747 items Explore
  • 27 items
  • 1 items
  • 5,376 items Explore
  • 4 items
  • 3,292 items Explore
  • 6,131 items Explore
  • 181 items
  • 19 items
  • 142 items
  • 7 items
  • 841 items Explore
  • 17 items
  • 3,837 items Explore
  • 4 items
  • 1,022 items Explore
  • 192 items
  • 3,486 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 20 items
  • 35 items
  • 114 items
  • 3,173 items Explore
  • 11,636 items Explore
  • 2,697 items Explore
  • 7,432 items Explore
  • 31 items
  • 1 items
  • 1 items
  • 21,523 items Explore
  • 91 items
  • 13,844 items Explore
  • 3,293 items Explore
  • 1,624 items Explore
  • 162 items
  • 26,941 items Explore
  • 633 items Explore
  • 415 items
  • 20,852 items Explore
  • 100 items
  • 1 items
  • 14 items
  • 26 items
  • 5 items
  • 891 items Explore
  • 4 items
  • 215 items Explore
  • 14,767 items Explore
  • 3 items
  • 9 items
  • 10 items
  • 13 items
  • 25 items
  • 2,163 items Explore
  • 855 items Explore
  • 11 items
  • 2 items
  • 187 items
  • 587 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 42 items
  • 2,031 items Explore
  • 783 items Explore
  • 1,823 items Explore
  • 135 items
  • 29 items
  • 638 items Explore
  • 2,346 items Explore
  • 38 items
  • 22 items
  • 11 items
  • 12 items
  • 5,084 items Explore
  • 13,646 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 8 items
  • 2 items
  • 1 items
  • 1 items
  • 1,194 items
  • 169 items Explore
  • 7 items
  • 77 items
  • 9,770 items Explore
  • 3,482 items Explore
  • 2,627 items Explore
  • 4,671 items Explore
  • 23 items
  • 56 items
  • 5,832 items Explore
  • 4,021 items Explore
  • 463 items Explore
  • 2,255 items Explore
  • 1,753 items Explore
  • 3 items
  • 1,272 items Explore
  • 41 items
  • 216 items Explore
  • 341 items Explore
  • 5,668 items Explore
  • 8,600 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 1,852 items Explore
  • 2,148 items Explore
  • 3,296 items Explore
  • 6,360 items Explore
  • 72 items
  • 2,453 items Explore
  • 24 items
  • 51 items
  • 1 items
  • 186 items Explore
  • 614 items Explore
  • 60 items
  • 16 items
  • 137 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 26 items Explore
  • 464 items
  • 934 items
  • 3,520 items Explore
  • 8,164 items Explore
  • 55 items Explore
  • 21 items
  • 44 items
  • 3 items
  • 11,989 items Explore
  • 1,011 items Explore
  • 91 items
  • 4,764 items Explore
  • 764 items Explore
  • 1,978 items
  • 3,989 items Explore
  • 22 items
  • 10,831 items Explore
  • 1,234 items Explore
  • 5 items
  • 9,553 items Explore
  • 15,772 items Explore
  • 3 items
  • 1,680 items Explore
  • 175 items
  • 5,407 items Explore
  • 6,665 items Explore
  • 48 items
  • 11 items
  • 6 items
  • 7 items
  • 104 items Explore
  • 59 items
  • 6,089 items Explore
  • 248 items Explore
  • 11 items
  • 1 items
  • 423 items
  • 117 items Explore
  • 7,249 items Explore
  • 42 items
  • 20,158 items Explore
  • 6,606 items Explore
  • 4 items
  • 155 items Explore
  • 279 items
  • 1 items
  • 93 items Explore
  • 10,743 items Explore
  • 54 items
  • 16 items
  • 7,411 items Explore
  • 440 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 9,145 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 698 items Explore
  • 10 items
  • 44 items
  • 1 items
  • 3,221 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 559 items Explore
  • 67 items
  • 4 items
  • 315 items Explore
  • 403 items
  • 172 items
  • 2,750 items Explore
  • 28 items
  • 1,211 items Explore
  • 1,196 items Explore
  • 567 items Explore
  • 20 items
  • 1,079 items Explore
  • 96 items Explore
  • 42 items
  • 253 items Explore
  • 54,663 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 2,632 items Explore
  • 2,663 items Explore
  • 23 items
  • 97 items Explore
  • 4 items
  • 10,367 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 657 items Explore
  • 87 items
  • 468 items
  • 40 items
  • 29 items
  • 42 items
  • 72 items
  • 72 items
  • 280 items
  • 1,057 items Explore
  • 306 items
  • 46 items
  • 7,407 items Explore
  • 9 items
  • 13,654 items Explore
  • 93 items
  • 17 items
  • 5 items
  • 2 items
  • 302 items
  • 543 items Explore
  • 1,662 items Explore
  • 154 items

Select a time period

Or choose a specific year

Clear all filters

Bethia Legge, Mrs Richard Willis (1734-1778)

Robert Edge Pine (London 1730 – Philadelphia 1788)

Category

Art / Oil paintings

Date

circa 1760

Materials

Oil on canvas

Measurements

1270 x 1016 mm (50 x 40 in)

Place of origin

England

Order this image

Collection

Clevedon Court, North Somerset (Accredited Museum)

On show at

Clevedon Court, North Somerset, South West, National Trust

NT 624177

Summary

Oil painting on canvas, Bethia Legge, Mrs Richard Willis (1734-1778) by Robert Edge Pine (London 1730 – Philadelphia 1788), circa 1760. (formerly attributed to Francis Cotes). She was daughter and heiress of William Legg of Atherfield, I.O.W. Married Richard Willis (1724-1780); parents of James Legge Willis (1761-1817) who was the father of Rhoda Susan Willis (1809-1873) who married, as his first wife, Sir Arthur Hallam Elton, 7th Bt, MP (1818-1883). Portrait of a young woman, three-quarter length, standing, turned slightly to the left, gazing at spectator, her right arm resting on a draped ledge her left arm by her side. She has dark brown hair, swept back, a drop pearl earring, a pearl necklet, tied at the back with a ribbon. She wears a cream/grey silk dress the sleeves pinnned back with small jewels, a lace collar and a large bow at her breast. Her dress is looped to her right hip and a pale pink cloak can just be discerned draped at the back.

Provenance

Bequest of Colonel Richard ffolliot Willis, 1956 formerly lent to Lydiard Tregoze, Swindon; transferred to Clevedon Court in 1984

Credit line

Bequest of Col. Richard ffolliot Willis, 1956 formerly lent to Lydiard Tregoze, Swindon; transferred to Clevedon Court

Makers and roles

Robert Edge Pine (London 1730 – Philadelphia 1788), artist previously catalogued as circle of William Hoare of Bath, RA (Eye 1707 – Bath 1792), artist previously catalogued as attributed to British (English) School, artist

References

Waterhouse 1980: Ellis K. Waterhouse, 'The Willis Family Portraits at Lydiard Park' National Trust Studies, 1980, pp.49-53, p.51: Illus. Caption to illustration: "Bethia (Legg [sic]), Mrs Richard Willis (1735-78), canvas 127 cm x 101.6 cm." p.50: "The series of portraits begins with a pair of portraits of the great-great-grandfather of Colonel Willis [Colonel Richard ffolliott Willis (1875-1956)], and a companion pair of his wife. This Richard Willis (1724-80) (Fig.2), who was born in Cumberland, was a Turkey merchant of the Levant, and he married at St Olav's, Hart Street, in 1757, Bethia Legg (1734/5-78) (Fig.3), daughter of William Legg of Atherfield Manor, Isle of Wight. There is a pair of heads in crayons and a pair of half-length in oils (Figs 4 and 5), obviously from the same sittings as the heads and equally clearly by the same artist. The larger pictures bore an old label as by Ramsay, but this attribution was changed to 'probably by Cotes'. However, neither of these attributions is acceptable. They are obviously, in a sense, 'marriage portraits' but need not be quite as early as 1757 and a date not later than the early 1760s seems probable from the costume. The two painters who practised equally in oil and crayons who deserve to be considered are Robert Edge Pine and William Hoare, neither of which has been the object of very close research. I think Pine is the more probable, although they lack the mannerism by which his slightly later portraits can easily be recognised, a sort of slicing of the edge of the forehead which is in half shadow. Richard William went bankrupt in 1778, owing to the French Wars and was sent by his creditors to Grenada to settle his affairs there. He died of wounds received at the siege of Grenada in 1780.

View more details