Attributed to James Wales, 1748-1796
Portrait of Grace Home Purves, 1st Lady Milne Circa . 1784 -1814, First Wife of Admiral Sir David Milne GCB 1763 – 1845
Grace Home Purves, 1st Lady Milne

with initialls  "JW"

pencil and watercolour
30 x 23 cm. (11.3/4 x 9in.)


Grace was the daughter of Sir Alexander Purves of Purves Hall, 5th Baronet and Mary Home. She was the Wife of Admiral Sir David Milne GCB  1763 – 1845 of Milne Graden. Mother of David Milne-Home of Milne Graden and Admiral of the Fleet Sir Alexander Milne, 1st Baronet . She was Sister of John Home Purves; Alexander Home Purves; Rosina Purves and Margaret Purves  Half sister of Sir William Purves-Hume-Campbell, 6th Baronet of Marchmont House.  Henry Raeburn painted her portrait which is owned by the Paxton Trust and housed at Paxton House.

Artist biography

James Wales was born in Peterhead, Aberdeenshire in 1748. He was a self taught artist, architectural draughtsman and portrait painter. He exhibited portraits at the R.A. from 1783-1791, when he went to India. There he took many portraits of Indian Princes and made many drawings of temples and architecture. he worked with Thomas Daniell and provided twenty-four drawings for Oriental Scenery and twenty-four for Hindoo Excavations in the mountain of Ellora, 1803.