The Masters Pattisson: William Henry Ebenezer Pattisson (1801-1832) and Jacob Howell Pattisson (1803-1874)

Sir Thomas Lawrence, PRA (Bristol 1769 – London 1830)
National Trust Inventory Number 1246452

Category Art / Oil paintings
Date 1811 - 1817 (exh at RA)
Materials Oil on canvas
Measurements 1270 x 1016 mm (50 x 40 in)
Place of origin
Collection Polesden Lacey, Surrey (Accredited Museum)
On show at Polesden Lacey, Surrey, London and South East, National Trust

Summary description

Oil painting on canvas, The Masters Pattisson by Sir Thomas Lawrence, PRA (Bristol 1769 – London 1830), 1811-1817. Two three-quarter-length portraits, of two brothers: William Henry Ebenezer Pattisson (1801-1832) and his brother Jacob Howell Pattisson (1803-1874). William, the elder, stands beside a donkey, his right hand on its back, the reins held in his left; he wears a red coat and looks to the left above the head of his younger brother, Jacob, who wears a green shirt and kneels on a grass mound, his arms around the neck of the donkey. Landscape setting, trees and bushes on the left and distant horizon with cloudy sky on the right. Having begun this portrait, Lawrence apparently lost interest and sent it to the family unfinished. He finally completed it in 1817, after much procrastination and complaints about the changed appearance of the children. They were the sons of W.H. Pattisson (1775 - 1848) of Witham, Essex. Both became lawyers. William and his wife Sarah were drowned in the Lac de Gaube in the Pyrenees on their honeymoon in 1832. Jacob had 16 children by the same wife.


In the possession of the Pattisson family until 1859-1860; Anon. (= W. Cooper) sale, Christie's, 26 March (154) (recorded in Redford (Art Sales, 1888, II) as having been sold in 1860 to Grundy); later in the John H. Naylor (1813–1889) collection, Leighton Hall, Montgomeryshire (Powys), and noted by Armstrong as still there in 1913; bought by Agnew from Dyer and Sons, 19.7.1917; purchased for £12, 000 from Agnew by Mrs Greville, 13.3.1918; bequeathed by Margaret McEwan, The Hon. Mrs Ronald Henry Fulke Greville, DBE (1863-1942)

Credit line

Polesden Lacey, The McEwan Collection (National Trust)

Makers and roles

Sir Thomas Lawrence, PRA (Bristol 1769 – London 1830), artist


Garlick 1989 Kenneth Garlick, Sir Thomas Lawrence. A complete catalogue of the oil paintings, Oxford, 1989, no. 634
Hardie 1904 Martin Hardie, 'Sittings at Sir Thomas Lawrence's: the Curious History of a Picture', Magazine for Art, April 1904, p. 265

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