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Portrait of Miss Catherine Jones of Colomendy
The National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth
Richard Wilson (1713/14-1782)
Portrait of Miss Catherine Jones of Colomendy
c.1735 (undated)
Oil on canvas
71.5 x 58.6 cm
28 1/8 x 23 1/16 in.
0199904563
P216
Quarter-length portrait of a young woman seen full-face but with body turned to her left within a fictive oval frame. Her brown hair is partially covered by a white bonnet tied with a blue riband and she wears a white fichu, black ribbon and blue jacket with low collar and frogging.
Catherine Garnons, Colomendy Hall, Llanferres, Denbighshire; Mr A.T. Roberts, Coed-dû; Robert Edwards, Mold; given by him to the Revd Jenkin Davies, Vicar of Mold; bought back on his death in 1872 by Robert Edwards; bt from him by Col. Philip Brian Davies-Cooke, Owstan Hall 1872 [ ... ]; Astley-Corbett sale, Christie's 8 July 1927 (130 - Portrait of Miss Catherine James); bt Waters; [...] Sotheby's, London; bought by the National Library of Wales, 1999
Unsigned; no inscription recto but see verso inscriptions
[1] Upper left on reverse of canvas in an old hand in black ink: This portrait of Miss Catherine Jones / b 1719. / d. 1786 / bur. at Llanferres / nr Mold. / of Colomendy near Mold, Flintre / was painted by Richard Wilson R.A: / At the sale at Colomendy after the death of / Mrs Garnons it was bought by Mr A.T. Roberts / of Coed-dû, who gave it to Robt Edwards of Mold / He gave it to The Revd. Jenkin Davies, Vicar of Mold, / On whose death in 1872 the said Robt Edwards / bought it, & from him it was purchased by / Philip B. Davies-Cooke 1872. / Richard Wilson. R.A. lived at Colomendy / with Miss Cathre Jones, & her Brother. / R. Wilson is buried in Mold Ch-yard.
[2] Lower horizontal bar of stretcher, left end, black ink: 0199904563
[3] Upper horizontal member of frame, yellow chalk: 20223405 [+illegible]
[1] Lower horizontal member of frame, left end: two printed and handwritten museum labels
Catherine Jones (1701-1786) was Wilson's cousin and owner of Colomendy Hall, near Llanferres, Denbighshire, where he died in 1782. She died four years later and was interred in Llanferres Church on 12 September 1786 aged 85.
WGC, pp. 16, 59, 65, 129,131; Baker and Jones 1996
In an old carved frame with a gilded finish over a red bole. Italian Renaissance in style, this appears to have been cut down to fit the painting at some point. Kate Lowry has noted: Glue relined with extensive ink inscription on lining reverse. Stretched onto the wrong side of a modern four-member stretcher with mitred mortice joints. This has probably been reused as there are holes at the members' reverses that are unrelated to the present work. The original canvas is now stretched with approximately an inch of the painted area folded over the right hand stretcher member. The other edges do not appear to be reduced but this could be checked against the X-ray image made at the National Museum of Wales a few years ago. Viewed under UV light the face appears relatively untouched apart from a large square of retouching on the left side of the sitter's forehead. There are also widespread patchy retouchings throughout the background overlying the old varnish layer - otherwise no obvious repaired holes or tears. The edges of the stone oval and the sitter's black ribbon tie are heavily retouched.