The Lees-Milne family lived at Wickhamford Manor during the early twentieth century. Their wealth came from manufacturing. James Lees-Milne (1908 - 1997) was a writer with a special interest in historic houses. From 1936 to 1950 he worked for the National Trust and played a key role in the first large-scale transfer of country houses from private ownership to the National Trust. The picture was taken in Provence in 1927 with his mother Helen Lees-Milne.
The photograph belongs to Nicholas Robinson. It is reproduced from Michael Bloch's biography James Lees-Milne, 2009.