The Woodley Family

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This is a group family portrait, or conversation-piece, in a landscape. It was painted around 1766,when the father, William Woodley (1728–1793), MP, became the Governor of the Leeward Islands for the first time (a post that he was to hold until 1771 and again from 1792 until his death). He was also Lieutenant Governor of Antigua (1768–1788 and 1792–1793). The motif of the greyhound (windhund in the artist's native German) coursing a hare, and the relief of the Sacrifice of Iphigenia on the replica of the Medici Vase, seem to be puns alluding to the prevailing trade wind in the West Indies. William Woodley's wife and cousin, Frances Payne (1737/1738–1813), is holding their baby son, John Woodley (1766–1795). John became Attorney General of St Kitt's in 1826.

National Trust, Kingston Lacy

Wimborne Minster


The Woodley Family




oil on canvas


H 112 x W 165 cm

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bequeathed by Ralph Bankes, 1981

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