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c1801 Portrait Drawing of Navy Captain William Wilbraham
  • c1801 Portrait Drawing of Navy Captain William Wilbraham
  • c1801 Portrait Drawing of Navy Captain William Wilbraham
  • c1801 Portrait Drawing of Navy Captain William Wilbraham

c1801 Portrait Drawing of Navy Captain William Wilbraham

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£250.00


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A very fine quality pencil drawing portrait of Royal Navy Captain William Wilbraham (1781-1824).

Little is known about him, except that he was the son of George Wilbraham MP and younger brother of George Wilbraham, Whig (Liberal) MP of Delamere Lodge, Cheshire. William Wilbraham was commissioned in the Navy in 1801. He had successful career, becoming a Commander in 1807 and a Captain in 1809. He is commemorated in a memorial at St George’s Chapel, Hyde Park Place, London. It was commissioned by his brother.

Apart from being a Member of Parliament, his brother George Wilbraham (1779-1852) was appointed High Sheriff of Cheshire for 1844-45 and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1821. His marriage to Lady Anne Fortescue, the daughter of Hugh Fortescue, 1st Earl Fortescue with seat in Devon, is probably why the picture has turned up in Plymouth.

The drawing is in good condition and has been mounted, gilt framed and glazed. There is a mark to the bottom left of the drawing, but not really noticeable. On the reverse is an old label that was originally with an earlier frame. It reads: ‘WILLIAM WILBRAHAM CAPT. RN. b. 1781, d 1824. FATHER OF MRS J.M. STOPFORD’. This refers to Julia Maria Wilbraham (1819-1924), who married Captain Edward Stopford and lived to be 105.

Size image: 17.5 x 25 cm (6 7/8 x 9 7/8 inches)
Size frame: 30.5 x 40 x 1.5 cm (12 3/8 x 15 ¾ x 5/8 inches)
Weight: 970 g

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