Mrs Young (English, 19th Century) The Melville children
Lot 171
Mrs Young (English, 19th Century) The Melville children
£600 - 800
US$ 950 - 1,300

Lot Details
Mrs Young (English, 19th Century)
The Melville children
inscribed on label on reverse 'Augusta Mary Melville, d. 1913; James Moncrieff Melville; Thomas Lechmere Melville (both died very young); Elizabeth Janet Melville, d. 1929. Painted 1840 by Mrs. Young who couldn't paint faces'
oil on panel
25.7 x 32.6cm (10 1/8 x 12 13/16in).

Footnotes

  • PROVENANCE :
    Purchased from Lady Joan Babington, December 1967 (according to an inscription on the reverse)


    These children were the offspring of James Moncrieff Melville (1793-1872), writer to the signet, and Augusta Lechmere (1810-1837), daughter of Vice Admiral Lechmere of Steeple-Ashton, Oxfordshire. They lived at Hanley House, Corstorphine, Edinburgh, Scotland.

    Augusta Mary Melville (1832-1913) married William Babington (1826-1913).

    James Moncrieff Melville (1835 - 1845).

    Thomas Lechmere Melville (1836-1844).

    Elizabeth Janet Melville Elisabeth (b. 1837), married Richard Hugh Stotherd (1828–1895) in Edinburgh in 1875.

    James Moncreiff Melville of Hanley's tombstone is in Corstorphine Old Parish Church, on the west side of Edinburgh. it is inscribed - 'In Memory of Augusta the beloved wife of James Moncrieff Melville of Hanley who died on the 30th of March 1837.
    And their sons Thomas Lechmere who died 20th October 1844. James Moncrieff who died 20th May 1845.
    James Moncrieff Melville of Hanley. Born 28th September 1793. Died 28 September 1872'.

    James Moncrieff Melville was a 'writer to the signet' which meant that he was a senior lawyer who could represent cases on the Court of Session. There is a memorial window to Melville in St. Johns church, Princes Street. Hanley was part of Gogarburn Hospital, now the site of the Royal Bank of Scotland World Headquarters.
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