A& B Taxis Portobello, Receipt
This receipt is made out to Mrs Lea Wilson for the servicing of her car. Marie Lea Wilson was born in 1887 in Cork. She married the English RIC officer Captain Percival Lea Wilson in 1914 and the couple lived in Dublin. At the time of the Easter Rising Captain Lea Wilson was in charge of insurgent prisoners, including Michael Collins and the elderly Tom Clarke. He is reputed to have treated the prisoners very harshly and was shot in reprisal in 1920, in Gorey Co. Wexford. After her husband’s death, Marie Lea Wilson, by then in her late 30s, began a medical degree. She qualified and ran a practice in Dublin for many years. Concentrating on paediatrics, she is perhaps best known as the person who presented a large painting of the Taking of Christ to the Jesuit Order. She had bought the painting in Scotland in the 1920s. It was only when the painting was sent for cleaning that it came to light that it was the work of Caravaggio.
For access to the Lea Wilson documents, contact the Reading Room. See here for further information on the discovery of the Caravaggio painting.