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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).
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. The Woodleys' elder daughter Frances Woodley, later Mrs Henry Bankes the younger (1760–1823), is offering a rose to her baby brother. The young child pointing to the greyhound is Harriet (or Hariot) Woodley, who married Thomas Pickard of Bloxworth (1765–1844) in 1788, and became an amateur artist. William Woodley (1762–1810), seen here chasing an insect, became President of St Kitt's in 1807 and Lieutenant Governor of Berbice in 1808.
oil on canvas
H 112 x W 165 cm
bequeathed by Ralph Bankes, 1981