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Captain John Neale Pleydell Nott RN (1732-1781)

Benjamin West PRA (Swarthmore 1738 - London 1820)

Category

Art / Oil paintings

Date

1760 - 1781

Materials

Oil on canvas

Measurements

750 x 625 mm

Place of origin

England

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Collection

Clevedon Court, North Somerset (Accredited Museum)

On show at

Clevedon Court, North Somerset, South West, National Trust

NT 624181

Summary

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).

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

Benjamin West PRA (Swarthmore 1738 - London 1820), artist

References

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)."

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