Beechey had eleven pictures in the Academy of 1795, of which ten were portraits; all with one exception have been identified. One of the best of these was a portrait of Miss de Vismes (No. 70) in a straw hat, and described as " remarkable for ease and elegance. 11 This lady may have been a daughter of Gerard de Vismes, of Grosvenor Square, whose country residence was Wimble- don Lodge, " a new and elegant house," which he built, having for neighbours the Right Hon. Henry Dundas, John Home Tooke, and other celebrities.
SIR WILLIAM BEECHEY, R.A.
LONDON: DUCKWORTH AND CO. NFW YORK : CHARLES SCRIBNER'S SONS 1907