Frances Elizabeth Wynne

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Frances Elizabeth Wynne (1835–1907) was the daughter of Charles Griffith-Wynne M.P.[1] She toured Europe on several occasions between the 1850s and 1900. She was a prolific amateur artist and sketched many scenes in Britain and Europe.

A self-portrait depicting a ferry crossing between Ostend and Dover, 25 Aug 1858
Geneva, Aug 4 1858. Painted by Frances Elizabeth Wynne


Wynne was the youngest child of Charles Griffith-Wynne who owned the Voelas and Cefn Amlwch estates in Denbighshire.[2] The family were descended from a cadet branch of the Earls of Aylesford. Frances' older sister Charlotte married John Robert Godley and is notable for her letter writing and community leadership in the colony of New Zealand. Frances Elizabeth never married and died in 1907.

Sketch books[edit]

Frances Elizabeth travelled widely with her family in England, Wales and on the European tour circuit. She was a prolific amateur artist and about 1850 images dated 1854-1901 survive in the collections of the National Library of Wales. Her sketches ranged from fantasy art and satirical observations to classic portraiture.[3][4] The collection includes a sketch of Queen Victoria at the opera in 1857 with King Leopold I and other European Royalty.



  1. ^ Lodge, Edmund (1846). The peerage of the British empire as at present existing. To which is added the baronetage. p. 35.
  2. ^ "Wynne ( Wynne-Finch) family, Voelas". Dictionary of Welsh Biography. National Library of Wales. Retrieved 27 February 2016.
  3. ^ "Frances Elizabeth Wynne Sketch Books". National Library of Wales (catalogue). Retrieved 27 February 2016.
  4. ^ "Women Tourists of Wales". EARLY TOURISTS IN WALES. Retrieved 27 February 2016.