PULHAM, Frances

1765 - 1856

Frances Pulham

As Frances Amys, she was baptised at St Mary's Woodbridge, Suffolk on 27 June 1765, the eldest daughter of William and Frances Amys of Woodbridge. On 24 September 1787, she married at St Mary's church, James Pulham (1765-1830) who had moved earlier that year from Sudbury, Suffolk, the native town of John Constable [q.v.], to Woodbridge, and she was the mother of James Brook Pulham [q.v.]. An amateur portrait painter it is probable that Constable met the Pulham's at Woodbridge in 1815 and James Pulham became his patron and a friend, with James becoming the owner of three of Constable's landscapes. About 1818 Frances sat for a portrait by Constable in London, when she was aged about 50, this painting is now in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Frances died on 15 June 1856, aged 90.