Catherine Ingram (1744-1808), fourth daughter of the Rev. John Ingram of Wolford, Warwickshire, married Michael Woodhull (1740-1816), the eminent bibliophile, minor poet and translator of Euripides, in 1761. They had three children, all of whom predeceased their parents. Catherine was buried at Thenford, the Woodhull family seat in Northamptonshire. Michael Woodhull (or Wodhull) was a wealthy man, owning a town house in Berkeley Square. In about 1765 he built the manor house at Thenford to replace the existing Elizabethan mansion. He was for a short while a prisoner of Napoleon in Paris.
This portrait was probably commissioned between 1768 and 1770. According to Woodhull's account book: 'March 31st 1768 ( gave Kitty a draught in February ....... 63100' and 'April 28th 1769 ( Zaffinie, besides what I gave Kitty last year .... 6310' (information provided by Anne Heseltine, letter to Tate Gallery, 28 February 1990). The picture was to be hung in the South Library at Thenford… (read more)