Saturday, January 28, 2012

Willoughby Portraits

I shared these darling portraits with y'all yesterday that I purchased off of the local yard sale site. I fell in love with them the first time I saw them. I was so excited that I was able to purchase them. I have been trying to research these darling portraits with very little information but thanks to a wonderful bloggy pal, Ann B. that is you!:), I now know that the one portrait is Miss Julianna Willoughby. She is the work of artist George Romney. I believe that the boy is by George as well though I can not find info on it. He has a sticker on the back that is partially missing but it starts out with "Master Will....and then that is all there is. I am thinking it is suppose to say Master Willoughby.Though they are not originals I believe that they are original oil prints and if they are then they date back to 1910s-1920s!! I wish there was a way to know for sure but I guess since I do not know I will resist altering their frames!:0 

For almost three years now this wall in our dining room has been blank. It is one of the first walls your eye goes to once in the front door. I have tried hanging several things here but they all came down as soon as I put them up.

Now I can say that this wall is complete!

I decided that there needed to be something else on the wall between the two portraits so I placed this wooden sconce on the wall and then just for fun added the frame and moss ball. Turned out I really liked them there.

I love to imagine the life that these two portraits have had if indeed they truly are almost 100 years old. I wonder where they hung in their previous home/homes. 

I hope that the previous owners would be happy to know that I just adore these portraits and that they will continue to be well cared for!


Hope your week was a grand one! Be sure to stop back by tomorrow! I will be sharing Antoinette's reveal! I took pics this afternoon but it was too late in the day and so they came out too dark so I will be retaking them in the morning.
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14 comments:

  1. They were meant to come to you! They look beautiful on your wall. Love the sconce with the frame and ball. Perfect fit!

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  2. Love everything about the wall. I knew you would make it look grand..

    Have a GREAT weekend!!!!

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  3. They were meant to be there...They are finally "home"

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  4. Waiting paid off because your wall looks picture perfect Pamela! Have a wonderful weekend, Gail

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  5. What a wonderful find! They look excellent there and really fit the room's decor well!
    Lorraine

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  6. What a precious find! And what a perfect addition to your already lovely dining room!

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  7. They are beautiful, Pamela, and they look perfect there! Love the sconce in between, too. It's too bad you can't find out more information. I'd be curious myself.

    I wonder if "the twins" that are in Traditional Home Magazine {and I saw them on television several months ago} might be able to give you some info. I'd write to them and send some pictures, with the info you do have. Wouldn't it be great if they could tell you all about them?

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  8. They look perfect there and I think you should pretend they are the "Willoughby's" from Sense and Sensibility! :-) Isn't that the name of the character Marianne fell in love with? I always have Jane Austen on the brain! LOL!
    Vanessa

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  9. Pamela it was meant to be and for you to have them! They look beautiful in their new home and I LOVE the addition of the sconce between them. PERFECTION!! I have a sconce sitting in my closet for over a year now but thanks to seeing yours it's going to get hung up and I just might copy your display;)

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  10. Found you at NMH! Happy to be your newest folower!

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  11. Very nice, they look at home on your dinning room wall. I love looking at all your decor and accessories, so pretty!

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  12. I just came across your blog entry for these portraits- gosh are they darling. I just found one of these portraits today at an antique store and have been trying to research it..and your blog popped up! It is in fact "Master Willoughby"- that is all it says on the back of the frame. This particular one that I purchased is a reproduction, the other information on the back being that it was reproduced in Charlottesville, Virginia. Great find, they look beautiful next to each other on your wall!

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  13. The portraits are of the children of Sir Christopher Willoughby of Baldon House, Marsh Baldon, Oxfordshire (www.baldonhouse.com). You'll find some interesting history on the village website: http://www.baldons.org.uk/baldons.php?view=30&section=1

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  14. The portraits are the children of Sir Christopher Willoughby whose family seat was Baldon House, Marsh Baldon, Oxfordshire (www.baldonhouse.com), which is where I grew up. The original of Juliana is in the National Gallery in DC and there is more interesting history of the village and Willoughby's at http://www.baldons.org.uk/baldons.php?view=30&section=1

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