Captain William Alexander Willis, RN (1799-1862)

John Hayes (c.1786 - 1866)
National Trust Inventory Number 624308

Category Paintings
Date circa 1837
Materials Oil on canvas
Measurements
Place of origin Soho Square
Collection Clevedon Court, North Somerset (Accredited Museum)
On show at Clevedon Court, North Somerset, South West, National Trust

Summary description

Oil painting on canvas, Captain William Alexander Willis, RN (1799-1862) by John Hayes, (fl.c.1786-1866), circa 1837. Inscribed on reverse. A portrait of a young man, half-length, facing, gazing at spectator his left arm resting on his hat. He has light brown curly hair, worn short, long sideburns and clean-shaven, wearing a dark blue naval coat with gilt buttons and gold epaulettes, high collar with central scarlet panel and gold braiding. Indistinct background. Son of James Legge Willis (1761-1817) and Flora Wynch (1776-1842); married Mary Ann Nott (1803-1875); his sister was Rhoda Susan Willis (1808-1873) the first wife of Sir Arthur Hallam Elton 7th Bt MP (1818-1883). His daughter was Mary Ann Frances Willis (1839-1919).

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

Marks and inscriptions

Verso: painted by John Hayes, Frith Street/Soho Square, London/Capn Willis RN/Vicars Hill, Hants

Makers and roles

John Hayes (c.1786 - 1866), 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.16, illus. Caption to illustration: "Captain William Alexander Willis R.N. (1799-1862) in military dress by John Hayes, on the Stairs & Landing at Clevedon Court."

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Place of origin Soho Square (38)
Materials Canvas (9937)
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Category Paintings (12519)
Collection Clevedon Court, North Somerset (Accredited Museum) (726)
Periods 19th century (163297)
Maker John Hayes (c.1786 - 1866) (1)
Subjects Captain William Alexander Willis, RN (1799-1862) (2)
Object Type Oil painting (16488)

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