Oil painting on canvas, Captain John Neale Pleydell Nott RN (1732-1781) by Benjamin West, PRA (1738-1820). A portrait of the grandfather of Mary Ann Nott (1803-1875) as a middle-aged man, facing, head turned to the right, looking to the right, the fingers of his left hand gesturing to the left. He is in a short unpowdered wig,and is wearing a dark-blue naval coat, with cream reveals, gilt buttons, and gold braiding, a cream waistcoat with gilt buttons and gilt brading and a simple white stock. Cloudy background. Grandfather of Mary Ann Nott (1803-1875) the wife of Captain William Alexander Willis RN (1799-1862 who was the brother of Rhoda Susan Willis (1809-1873) the first wife of Sir Arthur Hallam Elton 7th Bt MP (1818-1883).
Bequest of Colonel Richard ffolliot Willis, 1956 formerly lent to Lydiard Tregoze, Swindon; transferred to Clevedon Court in 1984
Bequest of Col. Richard Ffolliot Willis, 1956 formerly lent to Lydiard Tregoze, Swindon; transferred to Clevedon Court
Makers and roles
Benjamin West PRA (Swarthmore 1738 - London 1820), artist
Laing 2003-4 Alastair Laing, 'A Tale of a Palace, Four Houses and One Collection', The Royal Oak Newsletter, Americans in Alliance with the National Trust, Winter 2003-4, pp.16-17 , 'A Tale of a Palace, Four Houses and One Collection. Hampton Court, Lyme Park, Lydiard Tregoze, Clevedon Court, Mompesson House, and the Willis Family Portraits.'
p.17 Ilus. Caption to illustration:
"Captain John Neale Pleydell Nott, R.N. (1732-1781) in naval uniform by Benjamin West (1738-1820), in the Great Hall at Clevedon Court."
Waterhouse 1980: Ellis K. Waterhouse, 'The Willis Family Portraits at Lydiard Park' National Trust Studies, 1980, pp.49-53, p.53. Illus.Caption to illustration: "7. Captain John Nott R.N. (1732-81) by Benjamin West c.1775, canvas 95.2 cm x 83.2 cm."
p.53: "One other of the Willis family portraits is worth considering, a portrait by Benjamin West c.1755 (Fig.7) of John Neale Pleydell Nott, Captain RN (1732-81), the grandfather of Colonel [Richard ffllliott] Willis's grandmother, Mary Ann Nott, who married in 1827, James Willis's son, William Alexander Willis, Captain RN (1799-1862)."